War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0948 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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send out detachments to be posted in front of the infantry pickets on the main roads, so as to give timely notice to them of the approach of the enemy. The commanders of the detachments should be put in communication with the commanders of the infantry pickets in front of which they are posted. It is presumed these detachments could be readily called in should it be necessary for you to move.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

September 20, 1864-9.15 a.m.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.,:

I had the honor to ask authority for the recruitment of another regiment from prisoners of war at Point Lookout for service on the Northern frontier. This is recommended by the lieutenant-general. Having heard nothing from the communication, I presume it miscarried.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, September 20, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER,

Bermuda Hundred:

Your application to recruit a regiment from prisoners of war was presented to me yesterday by the Adjutant-General approved. The order is probably on its way to you by mail.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

CITY POINT, September 20, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

The points held by the two brigades you have sent below here I presume are important, in view of the late successful raid of the enemy. I would like however, that you should hold it with troops from the Tenth Corps, so as to keep all the force possible in Bermuda Hundred.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, September 20, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER and General MEADE:

Fire a salute of 100 guns in honor of Sheridan's great victory in the Shenandoah Valley. The salute may be fired at 7 o'clock to-morrow morning from shotted guns at such points as you may select.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.