CIRCULAR, HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
October 7, 1864.
During the absence of the major-general commanding, on leave for eight days, the command of this corps will devolve upon Brigadier-General Crawford.
By command of Major-General Warren:
FRED. T. LOCKE,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
October 7, 1864 - 9.30 a. m.
I have the honor to report that nothing unusual has transpired along my line during the past twenty-four hours. Work on the redoubts is progressing satisfactorily; also the slashing along the line connecting them.
JNumbers G. PARKE,
October 7, 1864 - 9 a. m.
War Department, Washington, D. C.:
At 6.45 this morning the enemy attacked and drove Kautz back, and are now advancing on our right toward the rear in strong force. They have just opened fire upon Fort Harrison.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
(Copy to General Meade.)
October 7, 1864 - 10 a. m.
I have ordered my dispatch to General Grant to be duplicated to you. Nothing has changed since that dispatch. I have thrown my right back, put Spring Hill, near New Market, in fighting order, and am waiting. Deserters report no new troops in my front, but a large portion withdrawn from Chaffin's for this demonstration on the right. The force moving I make out to be Law's, Benning's, and Gregg's brigades infantry, a battalion of artillery, and Lomax's brigade of cavalry. The shelling of Fort Harrison still goes on with vigor. If I can learn with a little more certainty about this movement on my right I shall take the offensive with two divisions of Birney's.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
I will direct the operator to take off at City Point any dispatch I may send to General Grant.
B. F. BUTLER.