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consistent with the safety of his position on the upper side of Four-Mile Creek, in order to divert at least a force of the enemy equal to his own. Kautz's dismounted men have been ordered to report to you. Use them as infantry.

Very respectfully,

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864. (Received 11.11 p. m.)

General WEITZEL:

Telegram received. Will receive attention.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

JULY 27, 1864-10.50 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

In view of a possible attack on our lines, allow me to suggest that the keys to our position are the three advanced works, Redoubts Dutton, McConihe, and Carpenter. They must be held in all events, and their garrisons had better be thus instructed and further informed that can be sent against them. Pardon these suggestion, but I am getting a little nervous with the depletion of our line and the thought of what I would do were I Lee.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

Have received your dispatch and thank you for the suggestion. Will see that our force is all prepared and ready. The regiment of heavy artillery has not reported to me. I have sent out to see whether it is on my lines. Will send staff officer with Birge.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, July 27, 1864.

Brigadier General A. TERRY,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that your command be kept on the alert to-day, and that any movement on the part of the enemy in your front be reported to him at once.

Respectfully, &c.,

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.