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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, July 28, 1864-12.05 p.m.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

City Point:

Three regiments of cavalry and ten wagons passed up the turnpike toward Richmond at 11.30 a.m.

Respectfully,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, July 28, 1864. (Sent 12.10 p.m.)

Lieutenant-Colonel COMSTOCK,

City Point:

I am sorry that General Hancock made such a report. I will have that road accurately surveyed and, if possible, every stump shown. I doubt if there are ten on the whole six miles of road. They are so few that until I received your dispatch I was under the impression that these roads were most excellent. I have the statement of Captain Gordon and four other officers of the cavalry staff who rode over the roads the day before the movement that the roads were very good. I would ask you to send an officer over the road to report. I will have it carefully cleaned up if anything is found.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

JULY 28, 1864-12.45 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

No reports. Have ordered careful observation. Will keep you informed. At 10.30 a.m. a few infantry and wagons passed across Chaffin's farm, probably part of the garrison. Any further reports from Hancock?

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, July 28, 1864. (Sent 1.10 p.m.)

Lieutenant-Colonel COMSTOCK,

City Point:

General Butler says that the greater part of the road traveled by Hancock was the main road from Petersburg to Richmond for over 200 years, from 1619 to about 1840. He says this is history.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, July 28, 1864. (Sent 1.10 p.m.)

Lieutenant-Colonel COMSTOCK,

City Point:

Your dispatch received. Two days before the movement commenced Major Ludlow and Captain Shaffer, of General Butler's staff, passed over the roads and thoroughly inspected them as ordered. They reported two places that needed repair. Immediately upon this Lieutenant Michie repaired these two places on the day before the movement commenced. Having had some experience in moving columns of