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[Serond indorsement.]

ARTILLERY HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 25, 1861. Respectfully returned to headquarters Army of the Potomac.

HENRY J. HUNT, Brigadier-General, Chief of Artillery.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861–7 a. m. Colonel RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General: I have found General Ferrero's application. It was with some papers that came in yesterday afternoon. The package was opened by Major Barstow and I neglected to look over his papers when searching for the application. I will send over immediately the order for General Ferrero. He can readily reach the mail boat at City Point before 10 a. m. You can send word to General Ferrero that the order is on the

way to him.

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General,

HEADQUARTERS Yinta ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861–9 a. m. General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: I have nothing especial to report. There was the usual amount of firing. We strengthened our frout last night by more abatis. The mine is now ready for the reception of the magazines. It is desirable that they should not go in till we are ready to explode, that the charge may not suffer from dampness.

1. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE BO na 28.01.

July 21, 1861. Maj. Gen. A, E. BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Army Corps : Who have you assigned to the command of the division of colored troops!

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS VINTI ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. General S. WILLIAMS,

eneral Assistant Adjutant-General: General Burnside has gone to City Point; will reply to your telegram on his return.

E. M. NEILL.

A Assistant Adjutant. General. 24 R R-VOL XL, PT III

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864. General WILLIAMS:

General Bartlett who has reported here has no assistant adjutantgeneral and has asked if Capt. C. W. Emory (C. B. Amory,, who was appointed for General Stevenson, can be assigned to him. General Bartlett takes General Stevenson's old brigade. General Stevenson has already been appointed to a command in Fifth Corps. General Bartlett thinks Captain Emory (Amory) is to arrive from Washington to-day. General White is to have the Fourth Division.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1864–6.40 p. m. Major-General BURNSIDE:

So far as we kuow Capt. C. W. Emory, assistant adjutant-general, has not been assigned to duty with this army, but Capt. C. B. Amory, assistant adjutant-general, was not long ago assigned to us. however, subsequently transferred to the Third Brigade, First Division, Tenth Army Corps. Perhaps he is the officer you allude to. If not and should Captain Emory report to us he will be assigned to you as requested.

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

He was,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861–7.30 p. m. Major-General BURNSIDE:

Please state, for the information of the cominanding general, under what orders General Bartlett has reported to you.

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General. .

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. General S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General:

General Bartlett reported under General Orders, No. 70, War Department, 1863. He has but just reported and has not yet really joined his command.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861–9.10 p. m. General BURNSIDE:

General Orders, No. 70, of 1863, would seem to require that General Bartlett should report at these headquarters for assignment to duty: In your dispatch you state that General Stevenson has been appointed to a command in the Fifth Corps. Is there not some mistake about this?

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. General WILLIAMS:

General Bartlett was colonel of the Fifty-seventh Massachusetts, in our First Division, and was wounded in the Wilderness. Whilst away he was appointed' brigadier-general, and as this corps was a separate command when he left he reported direct on his return, which was a mistake. He will report to-morrow as soon as I can reach him. I have learned that the Captain Amory to whom I referred is in the Tenth Corps, so we cannot get him.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864-9 p. m. General WILLIAMS:

There has been to-day great activity on the part of the enemy in front of my Second and Third Divisions digging and strengthening their line. While I am not disposed to ask for additional troops on the line, I beg to remind the commanding general of the statement made to him last night in reference to that portion of the line occupied by General Willcox, our extreme left. It is a single line and our troops are growing very weary; they would not resist an attack with the same vigor that they would have done a week ago. The indications all pointing to an attack by the enemy upon my front, if any attack is made by them, I beg to suggest that a portion of the Second Corps should be moved to within supporting distance of our position, or at any rate should be held in readiness to move to our support.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1861. General WILLIAMS:

If it is wished, General Bartlett will be directed to report to your headquarters for assignment. At the time he deft the corps for a wound received at the Wilderness, the corps had not been attached to the Army of the Potomac. I should like to have him, as he is one of our old colonels. He will take the command of the brigade formerly commanded by General Stevenson, who was killed at Spotsylvania. The Capt. C. B. Amory for whom he applied was appointed for General Stevenson, but did not receive his appointment until after that general's death. He will, if assigned to General Bartlett, serve with the brigade to which it was originally intended he should be attached. It was thought that Captain Amory would report at your headquarters to-day.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861-10.30 p. m. Major-General BURNSIDE:

If General Bartlett has received his appointment since he left your corps, I suppose on returning to duty now he should, under General

Orders, No. 70, report here for assignment. He can report by telegraph or letter, and I presume he will be assigned to your corps. If he already belongs to your corps as a general officer there is no need of his reporting here. Should Captain Amory, assistant adjutant-general, report here, he will be assigned to your corps, but as I stated in my dispatch of this evening, he has been recently ordered to the Tenth Corps, so that we do not expect him.

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., SECOND DIV., NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1864. Lieut. Col. L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant General: SIR: I have the honor to report as general officer of the trenches for the tour ending at 8 a. m. this day:

Nothing of importance has occurred along the line. Considerable artillery firing was kept up on our front yesterday; at night the musketry fire of the enemy was unusually sharp. During the day the line of trenches were thoroughly policed and every exertion made to drain them. Covered ways at several points were strengthened. No further indications of movements of the enemy were observed than that they were constantly at work strengthening their line of works. Reports were made that they were establishing a new line; from the best observation I doubt the report. About 3 p. m. the enemy opened with mortars in a new position from what has been noticed before, viz, about 300 yards to the left of the railroad track. Owing to the hour of relieving division officer of the day the report of general officer is necessarily delayed. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. H. P. STEERE, Colonel, Comdg. First Briy., Seconıl Div., Ninth Army Corps,

General Officer of Trenches, 20th instant.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPs,

Before Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1861–8 a. m. Lieut. Col. L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps : COLONEL: I have the honor to report that everything has been quiet along my line for the past twelve hours, the First and Second Brigades relieving each other, the Second going to the rear line, onehalf proceeding to camp in the rear for two days. I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES H. LEDLIE, Brigadier General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION,

July 21, 1864—8 a, m. Lieut. Col. L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant. General, Ninth Corps : ('OLONEL: I have the honor to report that both brigades were en. gaged in laying new abatis and otherwise strengthening their lines

last night. One thousand sand-bags are required by the division. new rifle-pit, with abatis, has been constructed across the New Market road by the Forty-sixth New York.

0. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., THIRD Div., NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1864—7 a. m. Capt. R. A. HUTCHINS,

Asst. Adjt. Gen., Third Division, Ninth Army Corps : CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report no change on my front since last evening's report. About seventy pieces of abatis timber were put out during the night; more will be put out to-night; 400 or 500 sandbags are needed for the use of the brigade. During the late rain the earth has settled considerably, and besides many of the bags have been cut to pieces by the enemy's bullets. I would suggest that sandbags instead of grain-sacks be procured. The latter cannot be used as advantageously on the pits. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. HARTRANFT,

NET Brigadier General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864. Respectfully forwarded with request that, if possible, 1,000 sand-bags may be furnished for the First Brigade.

0. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1864. Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff : Sir: General Ferrero left for Washington this morning, but neglected to sign a paper for the accompanying statement. I have, therefore, taken the liberty of signing for the general as he desired the facts should be made known to you. I trust, sir, the liberty will be overlooked. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. A. HICKS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Inclosure.)

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1864. Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff: GENERAL: I would respectfully state that Thomas Scott lived on the picket-line of my command, and gave me much information as to the country in my front and its inhabitants. The pass in question was given him to visit Colonel Morrison, commanding Third Regiment New

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