War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0580 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 1, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

The reports from my front this morning show movements of the enemy's infantry and artillery to their right.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

(Transmitted to Generals Hancock, Warren, and Burnside, at 9.25 a.m.)

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 1, 1864. (Received 11.02 a.m.)

General RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff:

Quite a conflagration was observed last night in Petersburg, probably caused by our shells. General Weitzel telegraphs me as follows this morning, and I think he is correct in his supposition:

Eight car-loads of troops, apparently dressed in blue uniforms, have just passed to Petersburg. Is it not possible that these are our men to be put there to prevent the shelling of the city?

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., July 1, 1864.

Colonel J. H. HOLMAN,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: The general commanding is about to leave for Fort Monroe. The command of the division will temporarily devolve upon you. The general requests that if convenient you will report here in person immediately.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SOLON A. CARTER,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT POWHATAN, July 1, 1864.

General BUTLER:

GENERAL: I am here with the remainder of General Kautz's division. Would like to hear officially if any of his command have arrived at Bermuda Hundred. Please reply.

Respectfully,

E. J. CONGER,

Lieutenant-Colonel First District of Columbia Regiment.