HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,
August 27, 1864 - 3.50 p. m.
Colonel A. A. RAND,
Commanding Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry:
The major-general commanding directs that you relieve with your command the Thirty-seventh U. S. Colored Troops, now on duty in the front. You will move immediately under the guidance of a staff officer, who will be sent you for the purpose.
ED. W. SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., August 27, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Tenth Army Corps:
COLONEL: Pursuant to your instructions I had the troops of my command in readiness to move as soon as relieved by those of Brigadier-General Carr's division, but previous to the arrival of that officer I received instructions from Major-General Ord not to send from this portion of the line more troops than General Carr brought. Ascertaining that General Carr had but 1,400 men with him, I sent Colonel Curtis' brigade and the Twenty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment, in all about 1,500 men, and by direction of Major-General Ord remained in command of the other two brigades of my division. I directed Colonel Curtis to report to you on arrival. General Ames' division and two brigades of General Carr's division are her, and I can see no reason why my command could not all move now, but General Ord's order prevented. I shall use every endeavor to get my other two brigades relieved during the day or to-night, and, if possible, will reach my position before Petersburg during the night. I send this by Lieutenant Barnard, of my staff, who can give you any information regarding my situation.
R. S. FOSTER,
Send a staff officer and let him relieve the rest of Carr's division. It will save him some marching.
D. B. BIRNEY,
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. SECOND DIV., 10TH ARMY CORPS,
Near Hatcher's, Va., August 27, 1864.
Captain P. A. Davis, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, is re-announced on the staff of the brigadier-general commanding. All official communications for these headquarters will be addressed to him.
By order of Brigadier General R. S. Foster:
P. A. DAVIS,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.