were without ammunition and could not have advanced toward Dabney's Mill. Again, the newness of the troops under General Sickel rendered it impossible to move them through the woods, and, besides, it would have left our communication by the Vaughan road exposed. Had the brigades been ordered to move to Dabney's Mill the most expeditious route would have been to return to the road taken by the other troops of the corps. General Winthrop's brigade did not change its position until after dark.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,
March 8, 1865. (Received 10.35 a.m.)
Colonel G. D. RUGGLES,
I have the honor to report that nothing of importance has transpired on the lines of this corps during the past twenty-four hours.
H. G. WRIGHT,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
March 8, 1865-10.10 a.m.
Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,
Chief of Staff:
Picket-firing in vicinity of Fort Sedgwick was much heavier than usual about daylight this a.m. The enemy threw a few shells, and seemed very vigilant along that part of our line. Three deserters from Wallace's brigade confirm report about Early. They also give a report that Raleigh has been captured.
JNO. G. PARKE,
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY,
March 8, 1865
Captain JOHN B. MAITLAND,
Captain and Asst. Adjt. General 2nd Brigadier, 2nd Div., Cav. Corps:
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that I sent out a party of thirty men, in charge of Captain McCall on the McCann road as far as Lee's Mill. They started at 8 and returned at 11.30 a.m. yesterday, the 7th, but discovered nothing of importance. I also sent thirty-five men, in charge of Lieutenant Bucher, of Company B, Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, this morning on the Wells road. They proceeded as far as Disputant Station, but saw none nor heard of any enemy. All was quiet on my line last night.
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,
Major 21st Pa. Cav., Comdgl. Picket, 2nd Brigadier, 2nd Div., Cav. Corps.