War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0412 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

August 22, 1864-9.45 a.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel KENSEL, Acting Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports,that at 9.30 a.m. a column of cavalry, about 2,500, was seen on turnpike opposite railroad junction, going toward Petersburg.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

August 22, 1864-11 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel G. A. KENSEL, Acting Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer on Spring Hill reports that at 10.35 a.m. twenty-seven wagons, fourteen ambulances, and 300 cavalry passed the Junction on turnpike toward Petersburg; also thirteen wagons toward Richmond.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 22, 1864

Colonel ABBOT,

First Connecticut Artillery:

The general commanding desires that you send to Dutch Gap two Coehorn mortars, with implements, and 100 rounds of ammunition per piece.

A. MORDECAI,

Captain of Ordnance.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

August 22, 1864.

Major-General BIRNEY:

By order of the lieutenant-general, to whom I telegraphed the facts and your opinion, you will not make the movement ordered. Please send notice of Ludlow's troops not to come over. Acknowledge receipt.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 22, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER, Commanding:

I have ordered troops back to position, having received dispatch to suspend the movement.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.