tion; that they have not force enough to re-enforce Lynchburg, and their fears are there Richmond will be approached from that quarter. This lieutenant is an intelligent officer from Virginia, and, I am sure, speaks candidly.
E. O. C. ORD,
HDQRS. SECOND DIV.,18TH ARMY CORPS,
No. 119. In the Field, Va., September 27, 1864.
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V. Colonel E. H. Ripley, commanding detachments of First and Second Brigades of this division, will, upon receipt of this order, strike tents and march at once for this point, and upon arrival you will report to these headquarters. It is absolutely necessary that you move at once, as the movement must be completed before daylight and as quietly as possible.
By command of Brigadier General C. A. Heckman:
W. H. ABEL,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the Field, September 27, 1864.
Commanding at Fort Pocahontas:
GENERAL: General Butler sends you to-day the One hundred and eighty-fourth New York and the Thirty-eight New Jersey Volunteers, in all about 1,000 men, and wishes you to send by return boat the Eighty-ninth New York and the two colored regiments now in your command. Direct the Eighty-ninth to land at Bermuda and report at these headquarters; the two colored regiments to proceed at once up the river to Deep Bottom and report to the commanding officer of that post. The commanding general wishes these movements made with the utmost dispatch.
GEO. A. KENSEL,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Chief of Staff.
CONFIDENTIAL.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
September 27, 1864-10.45 a.m.
Commanding Cavalry Division:
The major-general commanding directs that when your division is concentrated to-day at Prince George Court-House you report in person to Major-General Butler.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.