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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

August 24, 1864-11 a. m.

General BIRNEY:

The following has just been received by signal from Spring Hill:

There is a little firing between ours and the enemy's pickets opposite this station in piece woods on left of line.

SIMONS,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

GEO. A. KENSEL,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 24, 1864-1 p. m. (Received 1.04 p. m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

Please march at once a division to General Ord. He informs me that the enemy are massing troops in his front as if to make an attack.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 24, 1864. (Received 1.28 p. m.)

Major R. S. DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Deserters in to-day say that Pickett's division has been ordered to relieve Mahone's, which is badly cut up from Sunday's fight.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Respectfully sent to Lieutenant-General Grant.

B. F. B.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, August 24, 1864. (Received 2.05 p. m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

Push at once all the troops you can to place of Eighteenth Corps, General Ord has started one division and says there is indication of an attack. Don't mind the division at Deep Bottom.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 24, 1864-5.15 p. m.

Captain NORTON:

Lieutenant Ireland reports a column of infantry, from four to five regiments, moving to our left across the meadow opposite the Crow's Nest.

C. F. CROSS,

Lieutenant, Signal Corps.