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p.m. Three negroes wounded during the day outside canal. Their light piece ventured to send us a few shots,but was soon silenced. Think my extreme left battery for 10-pounder guns is just what is needed; used it for the first time this a.m.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. H. PIERCE,

Captain, First Connecticut Artillery.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, September 27, 1864.

Major-General BIRNEY:

Relieve the First Maryland Cavalry and order them to report with transportation and baggage at Bermuda Hundred at once for the purpose of being mounted and equipped.

By command of Major-General Butler:

GEO. A. KENSEL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 35. Before Petersburg, Va., September 27, 1864.

I. The department commander has appointed Lieutenant Colonel E. W. Smith assistant adjutant-general on his staff, relieving him from duty with the Tenth Army Corps. In parting with this officer the major-general commanding the corps takes pleasure in testifying to his assiduous attention to the duties of his office. He also is pleased with the advancement of a good soldier,although he may regret losing such a staff officer.

II. Captain E. L. Ford,aide-de-camp, will temporarily fill the position of assistant adjutant-general.

III. Captain C. H. Graves, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, is announced as an aide-de-camp to the commanding general, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

By command of Major General D. B. Birney:

CHAS. H. GRAVES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 138. In the field, Va., September 27, 1864.

1. The Birney First Sharpshooters (Two hundred and third Pennsylvania Volunteers) are assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Division. The commanding officer will at once report with his command Brigadier-General Foster, commanding division. The proper allowance of transportation and camp equipage will be at once assigned to the regiment.

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5. The First Mary and Cavalry (dismounted) are hereby relieved from duty with this corps, and will proceed at once with transportation and baggage to Bermuda Hundred, and report for the purpose of being mounted and equipped.

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By command of Major-General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.