War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0114 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864. (Received 9 a. m.)

General WEITZEL:

Just received dispatch from General Birney stating that Kautz has been routed and enemy are moving to his (Birney's) rear and right.

Be ready.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 9.55 a. m.

Major-General WEITZEL:

Have as strong a reserve force as you can spare ready to move to the aid of Birney if the attack develops itself on our right.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding:

Your dispatch received; all right.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864.

Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy have opened their batteries on Fort Harrison.

G. WEITZEL.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864 - 11.30 a. m.

Lieutenant-Colonel COMSTOCK,

City Point:

On my front the enemy is only shelling my key point, Fort Harrison. I see no movements of enemy's troops as yet. I have drawn out a little reserve of six regiments from my line to send to Birney if necessary. From the other points all I hear is that Kautz has been driven in, and that the enemy was on right and rear of Birney. I have heard nothing from there during the last half hour, and at this moment all is quiet there.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.