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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865.

Bvt. Major General R. B. POTTER:

The signal officer reports from plank road station that the enemy have struck tents from plank road, extending left ward about one mile. Nearly all the forces are still in lines, and appear desirous of showing themselves as much as possible in vicinity of lead-works and large fort. This may simply be relieving Johnson's division.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865.

Bvt. Major General R. B. POTTER,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: Signal officers report Johnson's division in line and ready to move. You will please hold your command in readiness to meet any attack of the enemy should that be his intention.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

(Same to General Hartranft, commanding Third Division.)

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel P. M. LYDIG,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

SIR: in accordance with the instructions contained in your communication of the 13th instant, I have the honor to submit the following plan for the reorganization of this division, viz: The division of the reorganized into three brigades, as follows: First Brigade-Seventh Rhode Island, Thirty-fifth Massachusetts, Thirty-sixth Massachusetts, Thirty-ninth New Jersey, Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers; Second Brigade-Sixth New Hampshire, Ninth New Hampshire, Eleventh New Hampshire, Seventeenth Vermont, Thirty-first Maine, Fifty-sixth Massachusetts, One hundred and seventy-ninth New York Volunteers; Third Brigade-Second Maryland Volunteers, Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, Fifty-first New York, Fifty-first New York Volunteers. Total strength present: First Brigade, 2,962; Second Brigade, 2,939; Third Brigade, 2,490. Total present and absent: First Brigade, 2,769; Second Brigade, 4,684; Third Brigade, 3,205. Total enlisted men present for duty: First Brigade, 2,502; Second Brigade, 2,364; Third Brigade, 2,068.

The Third Brigade to be formed by the transfer of the Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, Fifty-first New York, Fifty-eighth Massachusetts Volunteers from the present First Brigade, and the Second Maryland Volunteers and One hundred and eighty-sixth New York Volunteers from the Second Brigade. I inclose a list, as required, showing the number of regiments in each brigade and the strength of each.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.