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HEADQUARTERS, Deep Bottom, July 25, 1864-10 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

There is heavy firing on the picket-line below Four-Mile Creek.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS, Deep Bottom, July 25, 1864-12 midnight.

Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I regret to say that the right of my picket-line below Four-Mile Creek has been driven back about fifty yards, which I consider unnecessary. I have sent the Eleventh Maine over from this side to hold the line.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General.

JULY 25, 1864.

Brigadier-General KAUTZ:

I send you McRea, an intelligent cavalryman from Richmond. He will give you a description of the batteries and rifle-pits connecting them, number of abatis, and the height of the breast-works. Examine him.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, In the Field,

July 25-1864-6.40 p.m.

Lieutenant BALDWIN,

First New York Volunteer Engineers, Fort Powhatan:

When will you get through with your work? Please answer at once.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

FORT POWHATAN, VA., July 25, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL:

Unless I get details more promptly I cannot tell. This forenoon I had none. This p.m. I required 100 at 1 o'clock and got only 50 at 3 p.m. I report to commander of post put get no more men. There seems to be no system about fatigue detail.

BALDWIN,

Lieutenant, Engineers.

JULY 25, 1864-10.35 p.m.

Colonel INNIS,

Commanding at Fort Powhatan:

How many infantry have you for duty? How many do guard and picket duty daily?

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.