War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0015 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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CITY POINT, August 1, 1864.

General ORD,

Headquarters Eighteenth Army Corps:

Lieutenant-General Grant desires me to say that the work to strengthen and perfect your defensive line should be begun at once by your engineer officer, who will act under the instructions of General Barnard, chief engineer.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, August 1, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL,

Acting Chief of Staff, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina:

SIR: You will please state to the general commanding that the reduction of my forces for duty in the trenches, by the loss of General Turner's division, will prevent the withdrawal for organization of the colored division, or leave me with a force inadequate to meet the force of the enemy in my front. My information leads me to believe they are stronger in my front than I would then be. At present I have to keep two-thirds my men in the trenches.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding.

P. S.-If the general commanding could send me forces in their stead, I could relieve the colored division.

I am, sir, respectfully, &c.,

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Near Petersburg, Va., August 1, 1864.

Major WILLIAM RUSSELL, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Eighteenth Army Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor to inform you that the Second Brigade of my division has been relieved from duty in General Burnside's front, and are now in camp near my headquarters.

I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. B. CARR,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, August 1, 1864.

Brigadier General J. B. CARR,

Commanding Third Division, Eighteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you have Colonel Duncan's brigade move about dusk this evening to the position now occupied by Colonel Henry's brigade, in the rear of the position formerly occupied by General Turner's division. Colonel Henry's brigade will move away from its present position about dusk. The gen-