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Jersey Cavalry, then doing picket duty in front of my infantry pickets. We received sudden orders to move in the evening of the 9th (the date of the pass) or it would have been taken up by the guard on his return, I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWARD FERRERO, Brigadier General, Commanding. Per GEO. A. HICKS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861-1.15 p. m. Major-General SHERIDAN, Cavalry Corps :

I am instructed to inform you that parties of guerrillas are prowling in the vicinity of the south side of the Blackwater, about south of Prince George Court-House. A party of them captured an officer yesterday visiting a safeguard on duty, but released him upon ascertaining his character. The commanding general desires if there is sufficient water to be had in the vicinity of Prince George Court-House that a brigade be stationed there, whose patrols shall connect with those of the brigade on the plank road.

A. A. HUMPHREYS, Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1861. (Received 7.40 p. m.) Major-General SHERIDAN, Commanding Cavalry Corps :

Colonel Chapman, commanding cavalry brigade on the plank road, reports that he cannot patrol farther than the Norfolk road. The commanding general desires that the force at Prince George Court-House patrol across to the Norfolk road and meet the patrols of the brigade on the plank road.

A. A. HUMPHREYS, Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Jordan's Point, Va., July 21, 1864–9 p. m. Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

I will join the right of my picket-line at the Two Bridges with the left of Colonel Chapman's brigade. There is no water near Prince George Court-House.

P. H. SHERIDAN, Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Jordan's Point, Va., July 21, 1864-9.30 p. m. Maj. Gen. A. A. HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

I will connect with Colonel Chapman to-morrow and notify you when the connection is made.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., THIRD DIV., CAVALRY CORPS,

Near Williams' House, July 21, 1864–9.30 a. m. Maj. Gen. A, A, HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac: GENERAL: I have the honor to report that I relieved Colonel Dev. in's brigade yesterday morning at daylight, since which time all has been quiet on my lines, save a small demonstration yesterday at Aiken's, caused by my riding on the vedette line accompanied by two other officers and orderlies. Patrols to Lee's Mill and on old Norfolk road develop nothing new. At Lee's Mill the enemy have a picket-a post of observation, I presume. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO, H. CHAPMAN, Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., THIRD DIV., CAVALRY CORPS,

Near Williams', July 21, 1861. Maj. Gen. A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac : GENERAL: In answer to your communication of this day concerning capture near Tatum's, I have the honor to state as follows: I am picketing the same line which was covered by the brigade I relieved. The left of my line of continuous or connecting vedettes rests near C. Brown's, on the road running from Temple's to the Prince George Court-House and Lee's Mill road; I also patrol to Lee's Mill and on the old Norfolk road, but these patrols are only sent out two or three times a day. I would suggest, respectfully, that I am covering as much ground as I can, and as much as any brigade of cavalry ought to cover. The enemy's line to my front is much heavier than mine; further, there is a scope of country from the Two Bridges near Zion Church'to the road from Temple's to Lee's Mill road, above alluded to, which is not covered by any cavalry line. I have thus far seen no parties of the enemy prowling about my lines, and neither any parties of deserters nor stragglers from our army. I will forward, under guard, three deserters from the enemy (Fifth North Carolina Cavalry), who came into my lines on the Jerusalem plank road. I return communication from Fifth Corps. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. H. CHAPMAN, Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 21, 1864. Col. GEORGE H. CHAPMAN,

Commanding Cavalry Brigade: COLONEL: I am in receipt of your communication of to-day's date, in reply to mine of this morning, respecting guerrillas south of Prince George Court-House and between the Blackwater and the Norfolk road. The instructions to General Gregg for the picketing and patrolling by the brigade to be left near the plank road were as follows:

He will picket about the same line on the left that Colonel Bryan picketed, connecting with the infantry picket on his right, and extending around to the plank road near the church. He will patrol well down the plank road, well down the old

Norfolk roail, and in Lee's Mill, and will also pratrol across from the plank road to the Prince George ('ourt-llonse road.

Sconting parties should be sent ont from time to tinse towarıl the railroad, toward Wyatt's, and toward Reams' Station,

Major-General Sheridan has been directed to send a brigade to the vicinity of Prince George Court-House, if there is water sufficient, and to instruct the commander of the brigade that his patrols must connect with yours. I will inform General Sheridan that you report that you cannot patrol farther than the Norfolk road, and that he must instruct the brigade commander accordingly; but, until you are relieved from that part of your patrol line by the brigade commander at Prince George Court House, the commanding general directs that you patrol to the Prince George ('ourt-Ilouse road. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. A. HUMPHREYS, Major-General und Chief of Staff.

IIEADQUARTERS,

In the field, July 21, 1864. Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Commanding Armies of the United States : GENERAL: I am obliged for the assignment of General Ord to the Eighteenth Corps. In regard to the Tenth, of the two major-generals I believe Birney would be the best assignment. Allow me, however, to call your attention to General Martindale. He is a graduate of the class of General Meade, a gentleman of ability, and has shown himself to be a good soldier, a good lawyer, and you will pardon me for believing that he has some of the qualities, therefore, of a soldier. General Martindale is the senior brigadier-general in the active service, and has been during the war in many battles, behaving well, and without promotion. If you think with me, might not General Martindale be assigned to the Tenth Corps? Of course these are suggestions to your better judgment, only saying further that General Martindale would be perfectly agreeable to me, and from what I have seen of him commends himself to my good opinion. I say this without prejudice to General Birney, whom I also much respect. If it be said that General Martindale is only a brigadier, that may be answered by saying that is not his fault, and I have no doubt he will earn his spurs. Allow me to congratulate you upon the good news from Hunter; it is very good. Respectfully and truly, yours,

BENJ. F. BUTLER.

Hpqrs. DEPT, OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the field, July 21, 1864. (Sent 7.05 p. m.) Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Commanding, dc.: I have seen General Martindale, and his health is so infirm that he must go home; so that I think you will not do better than to assign Birney to the Tenth Corps.

BENJ. F. BUTLER, Major-General, Commanding.

JULY 21, 1864. (Sent 9.30 p. m.) Brigadier-General RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff, City Point: The following dispatch just received:

DEEP BOTTOM, July 21, 1864–8.45 p. m. General WEITZEL,

Chief Engineer and Acting Chief of Stajo: Learning that the enemy were at work where they had the battery placed on the 16th instant, and knowing that if allowed to intrench themselves they could injure my camps and the pontoon bridge, and obstruct navigation, I ordered the Eleventh Maine, under Lieutenant-Colonel Hill, to the blutt below Four-Mile Creek, with instructions to advance and occupy the enemy's position, which was done without loss, the enemy's picket falling back as our line advanced. Colonel Hill now holds the ground formerly occupied by the enemy, which is about one mile and a quarter in front of our work on the bluff and not far from Sweeney's Pottery. He has leveled the battery. Colonel Hill reports quite a force in his front. One lieutenant and 10 enlisted men were captured and have been sent to corps headquarters.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General. Will the commanding general please order General Benham to send me another bridge 600 feet long, so that I can throw it from Jones' Neck to the down-river bank of Four Mile Creek, and thus enable us to re-enforce that bank if necessary, and thus keep the enemy from erecting batteries on that bank as this attempt was to command and shell our troops which are in position on the up-river bank of that creek.

G. WEITZEL, Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.

CITY POINT, VA., July 21, 1864-10.45 p. m. Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding, &c.: I see constant flashing, as if burning powder, in the direction of General Foster's camp. Do you know what it is? I hear no sound of artillery, but thought it possible the enemy might be shelling Foster's camp.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant General.

JULY 21, 1864. (Sent 10.50 p. m.) General U.S. GRANT,

City Point: The general has retired. The Eleventh Maine Regiment, which had driven the enemy, as already reported to you, has in turn been driven, after a fight, back into our intrenchments. Nothing serious reported. I have requested the navy to shell the enemy, as they must be in some force to protect their working parties, which will undoubtedly attempt again to erect the battery which the Eleventh Maine destroyed. Respectfully,

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier General,

BERMUDA, July 21, 1864. (Received 3.15 p. m.) Major DAVIS:

I have the honor to report the arrival here of the Thomas A. Scott, with Twelfth Maine, 466 men and 23 officers, and detachment of the Fourteenth Maine, 65 men and 6 officers, from New Orleans. By order of Lieutenant-C

Fuller:

W. S. HOW,

Captain, &c.

BERMUDA, July 21, 1864. Major DAVIS, Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report the arrival of the Fourteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Colonel Wilson, 350; Seventyfifth New York Volunteers, Colonel Merritt, 403 (total), of the Nineteenth Army Corps. By order of Lieutenant-Colonel Fuller: Very respectfully,

W. S. HOW, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

BERMUDA, July 21, 1864. Major DAVIS:

I have the honor to report the arrival here of the Eighteenth Indiana Veter Volunteers from Indianapolis; they were formerly in the First Brigade, First Division, Thirteenth Army Corps; they muster 350 strong, and at once will camp.

W. S. HOW,

Captain, &c.

DEEP BOTTOM, VA., July 21, 1864. General WEITZEL:

General Benham was here this afternoon and talked to General Foster in relation to the bridges. General Foster desires me to say that General Benham thought it would be a very tedious job to build a bridge across the creek and swamp, but approved of the idea of building another bridge across the James. And he (Benham) told him there were boats at City Point which he was keeping for an emergency, but that we could have whạt boats we wanted. The canvas pontoon will do, but if possible to procure the French boats they will be more useful and easier to use, particularly when we will have to swing the bridge or use a large draw. When I was at City Point a few weeks ago there were about 100 boats there. I believe none of them have been sent away.

T. LUBEY,

Captain, &c.

JULY 21, 1864. Captain LUBEY, Jones' Neck:

Your dispatch received. Have just asked for another bridge from City Point. Will send you word when I hear,

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier General.

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