War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0963 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Yorktown, Va., December 24, 1862.

Brigadier-General NAGLEE,

Commanding Brigade:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you place your brigade, consisting of the Fifty-second Pennsylvania, Fifty-sixth New York, Ninety-eighth New York, Eleventh Maine, Eighty-first New York, One hundredth New York, and One hundred and fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers, in readiness to move by water at a moment's notice. The general directs that all details conflicting with the execution of the above be suspended.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. C. SUYDAM,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Yorktown, Va., December 24, 1862.

Brigadier-General NAGLEE,

Commanding First Brigade:

GENERAL: The commanding general desires me to inform you that it may be necessary to send the Fifty-secend Pennsylvania Volunteers to Gloucester Point to-night. He desires, therefore, that you will direct them to be in readiness to move at a moment's notice.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. C. SUYDAM,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH CORPS,

Yorktown, Va., December 24, 1862.

Captain FOXHALL A. PARKER,

Commanding U. S. Steamer Mahaska:

The commanding general desires me, in acknowledging the receipt of your communication, to state that the dispositions of the land forces for to-night (and the prospects for an attack at Gloucester Point) are such as to require the May Queen to be at the dock on the other side. At the same time he directs me to say that in case of absolute need you may call upon Captain Clark for its use, to be returned to him, however, as soon as you can possibly do so.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

C. C. SUYDAM,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH CORPS,

Yorktown, December 25, 1862.

Colonel D. T. VAN BUREN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I deem it my duty to inform Major-General Dix that in view of the extent of the works to be defended here and at Gloucester Point the force present is not sufficient. The four regiments of conscripts