War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1112 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, September 29, 1864-1.40 p. m.

Captain BLUNT,

Assistant Quartermaster, Bermuda:

Send out a tug at once down the James River till she meets the gunboat Chamberlain. Have the tug speak the Chamberlain and bring General Weitzel to Bermuda. Give him a horse or ambulance, and tell him to report to me on the field near New Market.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, September 29, 1864. (Received 2 p. m.)

Lieutenant-Colonel KENSEL,

Chief of Staff, Grover's Farm, Va., General Butler's Hdqrs:

COLONEL: Lieutenant Amsden signal officer, reports that a train of twenty wagons passed toward Richmond on Petersburg pike at 9 a. m.; also train of sixteen cars, heavily loaded with troops, going toward Richmond at 11.30 a. m.

Respectfully,

ISRAEL R. SEALY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, September 29, 1864. (Received 2.20 p. m.)

Colonel KENSEL,

Chief of Staff, General Butler's Hdqrs., Grover's Farm, Va.:

12.40 p. m., seventeen loaded cars reported going to Richmond. 1.30 p. m., thirty-four wagons ont the pike going toward Richmond.

ISRAEL R. SEALY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BROADWAY LANDING, VA., September 29, 1864-4 p. m.

Major-General ORD,

Old Headquarters Eighteenth Corps:

Spring Hill fort was counted upon to defend pontoon bridge; this being now removed to Broadway, receives no protection from it. There are three large companies in Fort Converse, say at least 300 men besides my company. There are only 100 men to defend the pontoon brigade, to protect my siege depot, and to load my train if ordered in. The enemy are just reported as massing in rear of the line on Weldon railroad. In view of these facts I requested the services of my company where it seemed to me they would be most useful. Unless I am responsible for the defense of the landing I do not press it.

HENRY L. ABBOT,

Colonel First Connecticut Artillery.