War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0150 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS,

October 9, 1864 - 7.10 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I am glad to hear of your safe return.* All quiet along my lines. I got seventy-five deserters yesterday; shall have about the same number by the morning; have twenty odd now. I am sorry to say Birney is so sick with dysentery that I must let him go home or lose him. Shall I have the pleasure of seeing you in the morning?

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS, DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C. ARMY OF THE No. 282.

JAMES,

In the Field, October 9, 1864.

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VI. Brigadier General J. B. Carr, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty with the Eighteenth Army Corps, and will assume command of all the troops at Forts Powhatan and Pocahontas and Harrison's Landing, thereby relieving Brigadier General Gilman Marston.

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By command of Major-General Butler:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 9, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Please express to the general my appreciation of his kindness in the matter of sending me home. My fortifications to Four-Mile Church are almost complete. General Birney is opening short and several roads to the rear, and I have explained to General Terry my plan of several roads through the woods, commencing from extreme left to extreme [right], and narrow as salient was approached. If General Kautz will make a good strong corduroy road, wide and ample, from Doctor Johnson's house to my right flank he could always withdraw. I regard the position as perfectly defensible.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. FIRST DIV., TENTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 134.

Before Richmond, Va., October 9, 1864.

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4. In pursuance of instructions from the major-general commanding the corps, the One hundredth New York Volunteers will immediately proceed to Deep Bottom and report to Colonel A. A. Rand, Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry, commanding that post, relieving the One hundred

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* See Grant to Meade (same to Butler), p. 143.

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