War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0033 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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Weitzel, which will show that the enemy are looking for your right. That being so, General Terry's brigades may not be out of place on the Darbytown road.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, October 1, 1864-1.55 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

GENERAL: At 1.25 the infantry column reached the Central road and is now advancing. General Kautz sends a brigade up Charles City road and the other takes the advance up the Darby or Central road. Eight guns go with the Central road column and two with Charles City column. My line here is all ready. There are no movements of enemy discovered in my front. I shall also make a demonstration on New Market road, driving in their pickets.

Yours, respectfully,

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, October 1, 1864-3.45 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

The column on the Central road have found infantry in pretty strong force three miles from the city. A column of rebel troops seen marching from our left to right; about a brigade. This force is in plain sight in opening behind the force in our front. Shots are heard also from Charles City column. On New Market road have driven enemy's pickets to their works with a charge.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, October 1, 1864-4.30 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the James:

COLONEL: I have driven their pickets in confusion across my right into the field up to their works, and now hold Varina road and position occupied by me day before yesterday. They ran without much fight.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, October 1, 1864-4.35 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the James:

I see no reason for recalling General Terry. I am about to send a force (small) on his left to demonstrate. I have ordered him to attack any force outside main works. Prisoners will say that they have only militia on our right. If nothing can be done he will return after dark.

Yours, respectfully,

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

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