War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0350 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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CITY POINT, VA., August 20, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER, Commanding, &c.:

The Tenth Corps - in fact, all the troops from north of the James - are ordered to return to-night. When this change is made it will probably induce the enemy to strengthen his weak point in your front before we can take advantage of it. If you can get thought, however, I should like it very much. In regard to sending you the colored troops of the Ninth Corps, it is now impossible. The Eighteenth Corps and colored troops of the Ninth Corps are holding all of our line at Petersburg, whilst the white troops of the Ninth are operating with the Fifth Corps.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 20, 1864 - 2 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Prisoners say Corse's brigade, of Pickett's division, is moving south of the Appomattox to my left. Have you any information bearing on the subject?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

August 20, 1864 - 2.30 p. m.

Major-General MEADE, Commanding:

I have a deserter from the Thirty-second Virginia Regiment, Corse's brigade; came in 12 o'clock last night.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Copy sent by Meade to Warren.)

HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER BRIGADE,

City Point, August 20, 1864.

Captain T. LUBEY,

Commanding Pontoon Detachment, Deep Bottom:

At daylight in the morning you will direct Captain Henderson to raft his bridge, preparatory to having it towed to this place. He will bring his company with him. A tug will be sent to tow the bridge down at 9 a. m.

By order of General Benham:

CHANNING CLAPP,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C.,

No. 95. In the Field, Va., August 20, 1864.

Colonel R. C. Webler, quartermaster, having been assigned by the War Department as chief quartermaster of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, is announced as such and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

By command of Major General B. F. Butler:

R. S. DAVIS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.