War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0109 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864. (Received 8.20 a. m.)

General D. B. BIRNEY:

Be ready to send assistance to Kautz when he needs it.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 8.55 a. m. (Received 9.03 a. m.)

General D. B. BIRNEY:

Let your right fall back and be ready to meet the enemy, who are advancing.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864. (Received 9.12 a. m.)

General BIRNEY:

Take good care that the enemy do not get between your right and Deep Bottom.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 9.45 a. m. (Received 10.10 a. m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

I am inclined to think that the enemy, if they are in earnest on the right, will make the attack pretty far down toward New Market, so as to turn us if possible. A brigade of observation pretty well down might be well. What has become of Kautz? You say routed; I hope not as bad as that.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 9.50 a. m. (Received 10.10 a. m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

General Weitzel just says he sees no movement of troops in his front.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 10.15 a. m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

Refugee reports Law's, Benning's, and Gregg's brigades as the force of infantry, and a battalion of artillery with Lomax's cavalry as the force of artillery and cavalry. If this be so, then it is but a demon