What about Artillery for the Second Corps, they will need at least six batteries. Perhaps the 9th Corps may have some surplus.
(Signed) A. A. H.
To Gen'l Hunt
I would like you to make the arrangements you suggest so as to give me the 3 Batteries - I will in accordance with your note order Ames out and will (give) directions to my Commandant of Arty to withdraw Werner's and Edgell's Batteries when the others come. Perhaps it would be well to relieve Rickets instead of Werner as the latter was not engaged at Reams.
(Telegram Recd. 3 P.M.)
I have to request that the batteries now occupying Fort Hill and the position on its immediate right be withdrawn & replaced by Batteries of this Corps tomorrow morning in order that the batteries there may be under one Command - the enemy have been permitted to work lately in a manner which should not be allowed. A powerful fort has been erected by the enemy since the withdrawal of the N. H. Battery from Fort Hill which formerly kept down the enemy's working parties. I have to request this tonight, Captain Edgell should (have) charge of all the batteries from plank-road to 100 yards to the right to include Fort Warren. As I am intending to perform a delicate operation and wish the Batteries to be under his charge for the time being in order that Gen'l Mott in command of the line can control them.
I wish that this matter should be kept as secret as possible, & therefore wish to have the matter under Gen'l Mott's control.
(Signed) W. S. Hancock
M. G. Comd'g 2nd A. C.
He will inform Gen'l H. that his command extends to the works on the Rail Road, and receive such instructions as Gen'l H. may give him.
(Signed) H. J. Hunt
Captain Ham, Comd'g the batteries between the plank-road and the rail-road is ordered to report to you - You have already been informed through your Chief of Artillery that all the batteries on your front are at your disposal for any service connected with the operations of your troops.
It is now 48 hours since I visited Fort Hill - I have not yet seen the powerful work which you refer to as created in that time.
(Rec'd 5.40 P. M. Sept 9th)
I have the honor to inform you, that I have reported to Gen'l Hancock, he does not wish the batteries removed.
I have also been to Fort "Hill" to see the Rebel working party mentioned in Gen'l Hancock's dispatch, I would respectfully state that there is but one Gun in Fort "Hill" that can bear on them, the distance is 2600 yards and can do little or no damage.
(Rec'd 5 P. M.)
To Gen'l Hunt
I am not aware that I had been informed by my Chief of Arty that all the Batteries in my front are at my disposal nor do I consider that such is the proper way of informing me of the fact - and as you have not complied with my wishes on the subjects referred to this morning, I shall hereafter apply to different sources. I did not suppose that any of the Batteries would refuse to obey my orders if I directed then to fire or not to fire. Out of courtesy to you I addressed the telegram to you of this morning.
If you have not lately seen the powerful work on my left which I referred to this morning you can readily see it by visiting the line.
To Gen'l Hancock
Comd'g 2d Corps
Soon after receiving your telegram of 4 P. M. of the 9th Captain Ham informed me that in obedience to my instructions he had reported to you.
Forty-eight hours have elapsed and I have heard nothing from you. I expect you to withdraw the telegraphic message referred to.
To Genl Hunt
Chief of Art'y
To whom was the message addressed you expect me to withdraw & what was it.
I did not receive until just now your telegram of Sept 11th respecting mine of 4. P. M. of that date.
In answer to your question, I would state that the telegraphic message to which I referred as the one I expected you to withdraw, is one sent by you to me and dated 4.05 P. M. Sept 9. It was in answer to my dispatch of 3 P. M. same date, and was your second telegram of that day - your first named no hour, but was received by me at 3 P. M.