HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
August 17, 1864.
Commanding Line of Defenses:
I send inclosed a telegram* from the lieutenant-general commanding for your information. Take every possible precaution and device to have the enemy watched to see if any movement is made. If at all, it will be to-morrow at from 6 to 10 o'clock, or thereafter probably. Please return telegram at your leisure.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,
August 17, 1864.
Commanding Entrenchments, Bermuda Hundred:
Order Colonel Washburn, Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry, with his entire mounted force, to come here immediately. He will carefully scour the roads and woods on his way for stragglers, especially on this side the pontoon bridge, and bring them to their commands.
By order of Major-General Birney:
ED. W. SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, August 17, 1864-11.50 p. m.
Commanding Brigade, &c.:
COLONEL: The lieutenant-general telegraphs that movements are on foot which he thinks will cause the enemy to withdraw troops from our front. The major-general therefore directs that ;every measure be taken to determine it if possible.
This by direction of Brigadier-General Turner:
ISRAEL R. SEALY,
Captain, Forty- seventh New York Vols, Actg. Asst. Adjt. General
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,
August 17, 1864-1 p. m.
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: I return the map. As I stated to you this morning I can make no changes. The roads I have traveled on are indicated on the map, as well as all other roads of which I have any information. Whether there are any others I do not know from any observation of mine.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
AUGUST V. KAUTZ,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Cavalry Division.
* See Grant to Butler, p. 255.