War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0117 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

Search Civil War Official Records

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

What is the latest news?

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 8 p. m.

Major-General WEITZEL:

Birney thinks the enemy have returned to their old position, and possibly with intent to attack your left or Harrison at daylight. I know you will be ready. We have much the best of this day's work.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864. (Received 8.40 p. m.)

Major-General BUTLER:

Your dispatch received. Shall I continue to hold that part of General Birney's line that I did this afternoon?

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 9 p. m. (Received 9.20 p. m.)

Major-General WEITZEL:

Birney now holds from the Darbytown road to your right. I have directed him to strengthen his left, so as to be able to aid you in case of attack. If your men get their coffee early in the morning you can hold.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864.

General BUTLER:

Dispatch received; all right.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

Before Richmond, October 7, 1864.

Major-General WEITZEL,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

GENERAL: I wish you could give me specific instructions what I shall do in case the enemy at any time attempt to move by my front to turn my left. I think they can do this if they only knew it. My line is too weak to be stretched over more ground.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. J. PAINE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.