Court-House and assist in resisting any dash on City Point. Should this suggestion be adopted I would respectfully request the brigade commander be directed to report to Brigadier-General Benham, in command of the defenses of City Point. There is nothing else of importance transpiring here.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
September 19, 1864-1.45 p.m.
Dispatch received. I have ordered two brigades of General Heckman's division to proceed at once toward the Old Court-House and report to General Benham. I have also ordered General Benham to send a staff officer to meet the troops at Point of Rocks road and direct their march upon the point agreed upon between you and him.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA
September 19, 1864-1.20 p.m.
Commanding Defenses, City Point:
I have ordered two brigades to cross the river at pontoon bridge, to march toward the Old Court-House and report to you. You will send a staff officer to the Point of Rocks road to direct the march of the troops upon such points or point as may be desired, upon the information or direction of General Meade.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
CITY POINT, September 19, 1864-4.50 p.m.
Your dispatch received 2.30 p.m. while I was out on a reconnaissance. I sent an aide to the pontoon bridge to direct the largest brigade to take post at Old Court-House and the smaller at Batte's house in good supporting distance, one-third of a mile apart.
H. W. BENHAM,
DUTCH GAP, VA., September 19, 1864
Colonel HENRY L. ABBOT,
Commanding Siege Artillery:
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the enemy have continued to fire at intervals during the day, slightly wounding one or two colored and one of the light battery men. The latter was struck in the leg by a piece of shell fired from a light gun opened by the rebels this forenoon. It