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auticipated attack of the enemy. Nothing serious, however, occurred A continuous picket-firing was kept up during the night with but sligh casualties in my command. I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT B. POTTER, Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 20, 1861. General R. B. POTTER:

The general commanding desires that you will obtain from Colonel Pleasants as soon as possible and transmit to him an exact statement of the condition and progress of the mine at this time. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. L. VAN BUREN,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. FORTY-EIGHTH PENNSYLVANIA REGIMENT,

July 20, 1861. Brig. Gen. R. B. POTTER,

Commanding Second Division, Ninth Corps: GENERAL: The main gallery is completed. I have excavated two other galleries, commencing at the inner extremity of the mine, and running under the enemy's works. The length of both these galleries is fifty feet (not of each). The ground is full of springs where I am now mining, but I could have made better progress in the last three days if I had not stopped the work frequently to prop it securely, and in order to listen and ascertain if the enemy was mining near us. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

HENRY PLEASANTS,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND Division, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 20, 1861. espectfully forwarded for information of general commanding.

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTII ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., July 20, 1861. Lieut. Col. LEWIS RICIIMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps : COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the enemy's fire on our left has increased during the day. He has been constructing rifle-pits between his main line and ours, on the slope at the head of the ravine beyond the railroad cut. A caisson or magazine in the rebel earthwork opposite our left was exploded at 4 o'clock this afternoon, by a shell from our battery near the burnt house. I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT B. POTTER,
Brigadier-General, Commanding,

HEADQUARTERS TIRD DIVISION,

July 20, 1861–8 a. m. Lieutenant-Colonel RICHMOND),

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Corps: COLONEL: I have the honor to report that no events of importance transpired during the night. The pickets heard the rebel reveille beat at 3 o'clock this morning. Very respectfully,

0. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION,

July 20, 1861–8 p. m. Lieut. Col. L, RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General: COLONEL: Details have employed to-day cutting new abatis, which will be laid soon after dark at points where it is weak. A mortar shell caused an explosion this afternoon in the rebel redoubt on left of New Market road. Captain Roemer threw a shell into a house in the rebel lines this evening, which set fire to the building. The shell was charged with inflammable material, mixed for the purpose by Roemer. He says “ the first shot did the business.” Very respectfully,

0. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

CITY POINT, VA., July 20, 1861. Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding, &c.: Can you tell me if recruiting is now going on from the prisoners of war at Point Lookout? I highly disapprove of recruiting from such sources, and even reluctantly admit of the propriety of enlisting deserters and refugees.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

JULY 20, 1864-9 a, m. Lieutenant-General GRANT:

In answer to your telegram I have the honor to report that recruiting has stopped at Point Lookout. I am about to go to the front at Petersburg to-day. Shall I have the pleasure of meeting the lieutenant-genteral there? Respectfully,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, July 20, 1861–11.30 a. m. Major-General BUTLER:

I shall be engaged to-day, so that it will be doubtful about my going to the front. If I go, it will not be earlier than 33 p. m. I have relieved General Smith from command of the Eighteenth Corps, and shall place

General Ord in his place. It is now open to select a commander for the Tenth Corps. Do you think of any major-general available who you would like to have? Birney and Gibbon are with the Army of the Potomac, only commanding divisions. General Ord will meet you to day at the Eighteenth Corps headquarters.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 20, 1864. Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Our signal officer reports that the enemy in some force has just encamped on a hill three miles northwest of the Walthall house. This is, beyond all doubt, a force established as a reserve midway between our line here and Petersburg, and indicates that they are expecting an attack here.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

CITY POINT, July 20, 1864. General BUTLER:

As it will be several days before the balance of the Nineteenth Corps will arrive it will not be advisable to send any portion of it to Deep Bottom at present. Send none of it over until at least a complete division is here, and when that is sent over withdraw Foster so as to hold your line at Bermuda Hundred perfectly safe. Such portion of the Nineteenth Corps as you have should be encamped, if it is not already, near the line of intrenchments, so as to be ready to take them in case of an attack.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

July 20, 1864. (Received 9,20 a. m.) General BUTLER:

If convenient to you, I propose to call on you to-morrow, leaving here at 10 a. m. I would like to take a boat from your headquarters to City Point with my staff, if practicable, to call on General Grant.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,
July 20, 1864—9.40 a. m.

General HANCOCK:

The boat will be ready.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND., July 20, 1861.

(Received 12.50 p. m.) His Excellency A. LINCOLN,

President of the United States : Notice resignation of Secretary Stanton, and see it intimated that General Butler may be his successor. For God's sake give us Butler, and my word for it the loyal people of the Northwest will all say amen.

J. L. WRIGHT, Chairman Union Central Committee, Indiana.

WASHINGTON, D. C., July 20, 1864. J. L. WRIGHT,

Indianapolis, Ind. :
All a mistake. Mr. Stanton has not resigned.

A. LINCOLN.

JULY 20, 1864. Captain LUBEY,

New York Volunteer Engineers, Jones' Neck: I have ordered a box of carpenter's tools to be sent you. That bridge calls for so much more material than I expected that I will first conter with General Butler. General Foster will furnish you the infantry detail and axes without doubt when you tell him what it is for. Can't you build the bridge entirely of corduroy or logs so as to be passable? Ilave a talk with Foster about it.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

DEEP BOTTOM, VA, July 20, 1864.

(Received 8.50 p. m.) General WEITZEL:

I can build the bridge with logs and corduroy, but it will take longer time to do it. General Foster will give all the men I require. He has only 100 axes, the majority of which he wants to use cutting slashing. Please order the depot quartermaster at Jones' Landing to furnish me with a few teams daily. I will also want spikes and nails. The width of the creek is about 1,500 feet.

T. LUBEY,

Captain, de

DEEP BOTTOM, VA., July 20, 1861.

(Received 3.35 p. m.) General WEITZEL: SIR: The engineer's work at this post is completed.

S. C. EATON, Captain of l’olunteer Engineers.

July 20, 1861. Capt. S. C. EATON, Deep Bottom:

Your dispatch received. You will return at once with all the engineer officers and troops under your commanı to the camp of the regiment near these headquarters and report to Major Walker, commanding. Show this order to General Foster.

G. WEITZEL, Brigadier General ani Acting Chief of Staff:

JULY 20,

1864. Lieut. W. H. BAŻDWIN,

Fort Powhatan : Don't raise that tower any higher. They will have to raise one at City Point to reach yours.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier General.

BERMUDA, July 20, 1861. Major DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General : The following regiments-One hundred and sixty-second New York Volunteers and One hundred and seventy-third New York Volunteers, also detachment of the One hundred and sixtieth New York Volun. teers—have arrived and have been placed in camp in compliance with instructions. They number about 788 men. By order of Lieutenant-Colonel Fuller:

W. S. HOW, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

BERMUDA, July 20, 1864. Maj. R. S. DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General : MAJOR: I have the honor to report the arrival of the Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, numbering 294 men, under command of Col. T. W. Cahill, of the Third [First] Brigade, First (Second) Division), Nineteenth Army Corps. By command of C. E. Fuller, quartermaster: Very respectfully,

W. S. HOW.

BERMUDA, July 20, 1864.

(Received 11.40 a. m.) Major DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General : MAJOR: I have the honor to report the arrival of the Twenty-sixth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, numbering 600 men, under command of Col. A. B. Farr, and are from the Second First Brigade, Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps. By order of Lieutenant-Colonel Fuller: Very respectfully,

W. S. HOW, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

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