War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1004 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

September 24, 1864.

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS:

I have the honor to inform you, for the information of Major-General Meade, that I am ordered by General Butler to forward prisoners of war and deserters to his headquarters; also, asking me by what authority I had stoked doing so. I have answered by an order from General Meade, and that hereafter I will send those persons to his headquarters.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

September 24, 1864-1 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Tenth Army Corps:

The Second Corps will relieve you to-night. You will mass your corps in the rear of its present position, when relieved, out of sight of corps in the rear of its present position, when relieved, out of sight of the enemy.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 24, 1864-2.10 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Tenth Corps:

I am instructed to inform you that you will be relieved to-night from the position your corps holds by Major-General Hancock, commanding Second Corps. Upon being relieved you will mass your troops well in rear of the position they now hold, and out of sight of the enemy. You will receive instructions as to your subsequent movements from Major-General Butler, commanding department, &c.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

September 24, 1864.

Commanding officer will hold their commands ready to be relieved to-night by the Second Corps. Staff officers of division and independent brigades will be sent to these headquarters to ascertain the place where the troops will be massed upon being relieved. The chief of artillery will at once see General Hunt as to the relief of the artillery during the night.

By order of Major-General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, before Petersburg, Va., September 24, 1864.

In being relieved to-night the garrisons in the forts will be relieved with rest of the troops. The exchange will be managed quietly, and