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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

July 21, 1861. Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff: GENERAL: The following received from plank road station, 5 p. m.: All quiet until 1 p. m., when a small party of enemy began work on southeast corner of each of the two redoubts in vicinity of Gregory's Chimneys.

DUFF.

Two trains at 5 p. m. passed Port Walthall Junction toward Petersburg and one toward Richmond earlier in the day, all partly loaded with citizens and soldiers.

DAVIS. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER, Captain and Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
No, 194,

July 21, 1864. 1. Brig. Gen. E. Ferrero having reported to the commanding general that he has received official information that his appointment as a brigadier-general, volunteer service, has been revoked by the President by reason of its nonconfirmation by the Senate, is at his own request relieved from duty in the Army of the Potomac. The commanding general of the Ninth Corps will assign a suitable officer to the command of the troops comprising Brigadier-General Ferrero's command.

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7. Major-General Hancock, commanding Second Corps, will relieve early to-morrow morning by troops of his command the division of col. ored troops now holding the intrenchments on the left of Fifth Corps. Brigadier-General White, commanding colored troops, on being relieved will report to Major-General Burnside, commanding Ninth Corps. Major General Hancock will command that portion of the line occupied by the Second Corps. By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864. General WILLIAMS: I report my return from City Point.

WINFD S, HANCOCK.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864. General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: There has been no change in the disposition of my command since last report, except the Second Division has gone on fatigue.

WINFD S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, JT,

July 21, 1864. ', im. Brig. Gen. S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: In compliance with paragraph 1, Special Orders, No. 171, cipe headquarters Army of the Potomac, June 28, 1864, I have the bonor brazen

to report the following organizations as having left the command by reason of expiration of term of service, from July 10 to 20:

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Seventy-second and One hundred and sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers ordered to Washington, in compliance with Special Orders, No. 191, headquarters Army of the Potomac. Terms of service expire, respectively, 10th and 16th of August, 1864. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WINF’D S. HANCOCK, Major General of Volunteers, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. Brig. Gen. S. WILLIAMS:

There has been no change in the disposition of my troops since last report, except that the Second Division is relieved from fatigue, and the Third Division detailed for same duty for to-morrow.

WINF'D IS. HANCOCK,

Major-General

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. Brigadier-General BARLOW,

Commanding First Division : GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you move your division at 5 a. m. to-morrow to the Avery house (General Warren's headquarters) for fatigue duty, leaving small regimental guards in camp. An engineer officer will be at the Avery house to conduct the division from that point and to designate the work to be done. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. II. MORGAN, Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

ORDERS.)

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

July 21, 1861. The Second Division, Colonel Smyth commanding, will relieve to morrow morning, commencing as soon after daylight as practicable, the division of colored troopis uuder General Ferrero, now holding the intrenchments on the left of the Fifth Corps, conferring with General Ferrero to-night. When the line is completely relieved Colonel Smyth will report the facts to these headquarters. Me will have command of that portion of the line held by the Second Division. By command of Major General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant General.

NOTE.—General Ferrero's headquarters are near the redoubt on the railroad on the left of the line.

HEADQUARTERS Third DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

July 21, 1861. Col, W. C. L. TAYLOR,

Commanding Twentieth Indiana Volunteers: COLONEL: I cannot part with yourself and the portion of your regi. ment that leaves my command without thanking you and those gallant men for tlieir services during the campaigns of 1862, 1863, and the present year. You will always be associated with the distinguished record of the regiment and division, and I am sure you leave with us a band of veterans that will not quisgrace you or the name that they retain.

Wishing you a safe return to your friends and prosperous future, I am, your obedient servant,

D. B. BIRNEY,
Major tieneral of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861–9.30 a, m. General WILLIAMS:

Nothing unusual or of importance occurred in my front last night. A party of 350 men, under Captain Gillespie, engineer, were at work on General Cutler's front during the night.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861. Major General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps: In reply to your telegram of yesterday I have to state that I made no report to General Hunt with regard to the working parties being annoyed by artillery tire on yolu front.

1. C. DUANE,

Jajor of Engineers.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861. Maj. Gen. G. K. WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Army Corps: In connection with your indorsement of the 20th instant* on the letter of the chief of artillery to the chief of staff of the 18th instant, referred to you for information and report, the major-general commanding directs me to say that he desires you will give, as far as practicable, the direction of the artillery of your corps to the chief of artillery, and that when, in your opinion, that officer cannot give the necessary attention to any particular battery, and that the direction of it should be given to the division commander, the orders should be sent to the battery through the chief of artillery, and that while he is willing to admit the difficulty of any one man superintending the details during action of so many batteries, he does not see that this furnishes any argument for his being set aside altogether, and that he believes that with conciliation and harmony and a disposition to co-operate there need be no difficulty in having all proper orders given and executed. Very respectfully,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General. (Copy to General Hunt.)

HEADQUARTERS FIFTII ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. (Received 12.10.1 m.) Major-General IIUMPHREYS: I forward the following: HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, FIFTILARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. General WARREN:

GENERAL: A sergeant and three men from one of the Virginia regiments came into my lines last night. A patrol sent in search of them approaching our line too closely was fired upon. These mer, report that an official order had been published relier. ing General Johnston at Atlanta and conferring tho command upon General Hood. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General.

P. S.-- It is reported to me that the trains on the Weldon road, bound north, stop at a brilyo about Blick's or Dunlop's and run in after dark.

S. W. (. G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

ILEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861. General WARREN:

The commanding general wishes to know where the cattle of the Fifth Corps are berded and where Tatum's house is.

1. A. IUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

See p. 350.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTII ARMY CORPs,

July 21, 1861. Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Stafi": The cattle of the corps are herded near Daniels' house, about two miles west of headquarters Army of the Potomac. Tatum's house is one mile farther west of Daniels'. Our cattle are driven out in the morning and in at night, and have a gnard of fifteen meu.

G. K. WARREN, Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864–9 p. m. Brig. Gen. S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: I have to report nothing of importance baving occurred in my front to-day. Five prisoners, 1 from Fourteenth Alabama and 4 from Fortyfirst Virginia Regiment, were received and forwarded to the provostmarshal-general this p. m.

G. K. WARREN,

Vajor-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARTILLERY BRIGADE, SIXTII CORPS,

City Point, Va., July 21, 1864. Brig. Gen. S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: GENERAL: I have the honor to report that on the 13th instant I received orders from Lieutenant-General Grant, commanding Armies of the United States, to proceed to Baltimore with four batteries of the Sixth Corps and report to Major-General Ord. The command arrived at Baltimore on the 15th and 10th. Not finding Major-General Ord at Baltimore, I telegraphed Major-General Halleck for orders, and by his direction proceeded to Washington by rail on the evening of the 16th and reported to Major-General Augur. At 9 a. in. 17th instant I received an order from Lieutenant-General Grant to return to City Point, and embarked that night, arriving at this place on the 19th. The First Delaware Cavalry, dismounted, were assigned to this brigade for guard duty during the absence of the corps, and accompanied my command to Baltimore, where they were retained by order of Major-General Halleck. I inclose copies of the several orders which I received. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. TOMPKINS, Major, Commanding Brigade.

[First indorsement.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 25, 1864. Respectfully referred to chief of artillery for his information. By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-Gineral.

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