War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0068 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

Numbers 142.

In the Field, Va., October 3, 1864.

1. The One hundred and twenty-seventh Regiment U. S. Colored Troops, having reported for duty, is hereby assigned to the First Brigade, Third Division. The commanding officer will report to Brigadier General William Birney, commanding.

By command of Major-General Birney:

WM. P. SHREVE,

First Lieutenant, Commissary of Musters and Actg. Asst. Adjt. General

HDQRS. PROVISIONAL BRIGADE, ARMY OF THE JAMES, DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED, October 3, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER BATTERY PARSONS:

SIR: Deserters who came in this morning having reported that the enemy have already dismounted one gun in the Howlett batter, and are about moving others for the purpose of taking them further up the river, the colonel commanding directs me to instruct you watch their movements closely, and if possible prevent the removal of the guns.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHARLES A. CARLETON,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS SEPARATE BRIGADE,

Numbers 24.

Fort Pocahontas, Va., October 3, 1864.

In compliance with the orders of the major-general commanding the department, dated October 1, 1864, directing me to turn over my command to my most experienced officer, I hereby assign Lieutenant Colonel J. N. Patterson, Second Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, to the command of this Separate Brigade.

GILMAN MARSTON,

Brigadier-General.

[OCTOBER 4, 1864.-For Grant to Halleck and Halleck to Meigs, in relation to movement of Sixth and Nineteenth Army Corps to City Point, see Vol. XLIII, Part II.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 4, 1864.

Brigadier-General RAWLINS:

I have nothing of importance to communicate to the lieutenant-general commanding. Deserters and refugees in this morning, together with report of signal officers, would indicate no change in the enemy's position in my front, and no movement on their part up to 8 p. m. last evening. One deserter from Scales' brigade, Wilcox's division, stated his brigade had returned day before yesterday from Chaffin's farm. I do not see where Lee can ge re-enforcements to attack General Butler.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.