equipped for duty, officers and men, Third Brigade, First Division, Tenth Army Corps, 2,374; Third Brigade,
Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, 1,252; First Connecticut Light Battery, six guns, 119; two companies First New York Mounted Rifles, 115; total, 3,860.
D. B. BIRNEY,
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Deep Bottom, July 24, 18649.05 a.m.
Brigadier General G. WEITZEL,
Chief of Staff, Department of Virginia and North Carolina:
This morning at daylight the Eleventh Maine, acting under my orders, advanced and occupied the enemy's battery on the New market and Malvern Hill road, and now have a strong picket fifty yards beyond. I shall hold it, if possible. The regiment lost yesterday 2 killed and 6 wounded. They deserve great credit, having been continually engaged day and night for three days, and I deem the position they hold of great importance to this command.
R. S. FOSTER,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the Field, July 24, 1864.
General R. S. FOSTER,
The general commanding understand fully the importance of the service rendered by the Eleventh Maine, and has given them credit in his book for the full amount. I telegraphed General Grant last night that I felt confident you would take and hold that battery now.
HDQRS. THIRD Brigadier, FIRST DIV., 19TH ARMY CORPS,
Camp near Deep Bottom, Va., July 24, 1864.
Captain P. A. DAVIS,
SIR: I have the honor to report the information of the brigadier-general commanding that I have visited the picket-line and surveyed the vicinity of the command, and that I am of opinion the line is strong. I think it, however, most desirable that the woods on our left front should be held, if possible, under any circumstances, and should the brigadier-general coincide with this view I would submit that on any attack on that point being made that a regiment should be immediately sent to support the pickets. This arrangement, I am aware, would weaken my reserve, but if successful would weaken my reserve, but if successful would, I am of opinion, save much trouble in retaking the woods unless they are completely commanded by the gun-boats. I am now relieving the One hundred and seventy-third New York by the Thirtieth Maine Veteran Volunteers, but I am going to leave the former regiment during the night until after broad daylight in support. I propose to relieve both regiments