War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1002 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

September 24, 1864.

Colonel C. H. SMITH,

Commanding Second Brigade, Second Division Cavalry:

COLONEL: You will please prepare (by getting three days' rations and two of forage) a sufficient force to take up and picket to Two Bridges. The two brigades infantry and the two batteries now at Prince George Court-House will be withdrawn to-day. Just have this force in readiness to go on picket upon the return of the general, who is now absent at General Kautz's headquarters. Other orders will be issued you. Do not saddle, but hold in readiness to do so before receipt of further orders.

Very respectfully,

H. C. WEIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

September 24, 1864.

Colonel C. H. SMITH,

Commanding Second Brigade, Second Division Cavalry:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that to-morrow morning by daylight you will cause a picket force of 300 men to take position south of and near McCann's house on railroad (Norfolk) to take up picket-line between your present left (Davenport Church) and Two Bridges, relieving all of General Kautz's pickets on that line; your left will then be at Two Bridges. You will keep a strong on rail road. There are two main roads in the vicinity of the Norfolk railroad. This picket force need not go out until morning 25th instant.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WEIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.- Please report as soon as you have established the extension of your line.

H. C. W.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 24, 1864. (Received 12.45 p. m.)

Major-General BUTLER:

The Second Corps will relieve the Tenth from the trenches to-night Instruct General Birney to move his corps in rear of its present position when relieved, out of sight of the enemy.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, September 24, 1864.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Commanding, &c., City Point, Va.:

The telegram in relation to the Second Corps received and proper orders forwarded.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.