War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0538 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

July 27, 1864.

Captain DANA,

Signal Officer, Headquarters Tenth Corps:

Place an officer at once on Crow's Nest or some other prominent point where be can observe any movement on north side of river between Deep Bottom and gun-boats, and to communicate through flag-ship.

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864-7.30 p. m.

Captain NORTON:

No bodies of troops have crossed Chaffin's farm to-day. A few straggling mounted men and thirteen army wagons crossed in the course of the day toward the east. There seems to be more men at the Chaffin's farm earth-works than usual.

DANA,

Captain and Signal Officer.

RIVER-BANK SIGNAL STATION,

Spring Hill, July 27, 1864-9.30 p. m.

Captain NORTON:

A train just passed the Junction toward Richmond. From the sound I judge that it was heavily loaded.

SIMONS,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, July 27, 1864.

Brigadier General C. J. PAINE,

Bermuda Hundred:

Embark all the troops as fast as possible.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C.,

Numbers 204. In the Field, Va., July 27, 1864.

I. Colonel Currie, commanding Third Brigade, First Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, now on duty at Deep Bottom, will proceed at once to Bermuda Hundred with the brigade, where he will embark on the steamer in waiting and proceed direct to Washington, reporting on his arrival to Brevet Major-General Emory, commanding Nineteenth Army Corps.