War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0972 N. AND SE.VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865-9.50 p.m.

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

General Potter reports two deserters from Wise's brigade, who state that Wallace was relieved last night by a brigade of Gordon's, and Wise is to be relieved to-night. Reported that Johnson and Gordon were merely changing positions. No other news.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865. (Received 2 p.m.)

Major-General WEBB,

Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

Does General Meade wish the troops put in position at once?

J. C. DUANE,

Major of Engineers and Brevet Colonel.

The general does not with the troops put in position, but wishes the works got ready so that the troops can get into position at once if called upon to do so.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865.

Brevet Major-General HUNT,

Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac:

About 3 p.m. yesterday the enemy opened from rifle batteries on Baxter road and 8-inch columbiad and mortar batteries near Petersburg pike. Battery 14, Forts Morton and Avery, and Battery 15 replied to this fire slowly until the enemy ceased. The camp of Captain Cooper in Battery 15 was partially destroyed and the platform of one of the 10-inch mortars in Fort Morton blow up. No casualties.

J. C. TIDBALL,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865.

Major General O. B. WILLCOX,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: Signal officers report Johnson's division distinctly seen in line ready to move. This may mean something more than a change of division. You will please hold your command in readiness to meet any advance of the enemy at a moment's notice. Please report any indication of a move you may observe on your front.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General, Commanding.