War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0112 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 3.40 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

Push them smartly. Weitzel will hold on.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864.

Major-General BIRNEY:

The following just received from signal officer:

SIGNAL TOWER - 4.10 p. m.

Lieutenant Brodie reports that the rebel artillery has withdrawn from our right and is taking a road apparently to our left. The enemy are throwing an occasional shot on our front.

GEO. A. KENSEL,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 7.50 p. m. (Received 8 p. m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

I think you are quite right in your suggestion as to the possible attack on Fort Harrison to-morrow morning. I do not precisely understand the position of your troops. Please explain a little more at length.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Va. and N. C.:

My corps is disposed as follows: Terry on right, holding Kautz's position of this morning, across the Darbytown road, with strong skirmish line; his brigades massed on Foster's right. Foster holds the right of my position this morning and General Birney the left, excepting that portion relieved by the Eighteenth Army Corps.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 9.30 p. m. (Received 9.35 p. m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

I have ordered General Kautz to move up from near Spring Hill, where he now is, and, reporting to Terry for this purpose, to take position to strengthen his right and flanks at daybreak. That may enable you to look a little more to your left. You can also order up your regiment from Deep Bottom.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.