War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0548 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Deep Bottom, Va., July 27, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL:

I have sent your dispatch to General Hancock for his information. The last I heard of Sheridan he struck off to the right, apparently taking the Charles City road.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864-11.15 p. m.

Brigadier-General Birge will move immediately with his brigade to Deep Bottom, and report to Major-General Hancock, commanding Second Corps, crossing the pontoon bridge precisely at daylight. The men will move on in light marching order.

By order of Major-General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864.

General FOSTER,

Commanding, Deep Bottom:

At daylight make as vigorous a demonstration as possible; of course, with regard to safety of your position on upper side of Four-Mile Creek. You must divert a force of enemy equal to your own. Where are General Hancock's headquarters?

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

GENERAL FOSTER'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 27, 1864.

General BIRNEY:

Your dispatch received. General Hancock's headquarters are at the bluff below Four-Mile Creek, a short distance from the pontoon bridge.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General.

CITY POINT, VA., July 27, 1864.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding, &c.:

Troops commenced leaving Petersburg before dark, and are moving rapidly all the time since. I hope they will weaken the place so as to let us in.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General