HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Richmond, Va., October 12, 1864.
Colonel F. B. POND,
Commanding First Brigade:
COLONEL: I am directed by the general commanding to order that you will hold your command in readiness to move at any moment. "The movement is suspended for the present." Also, make your men as comfortable as possible.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
FRED. A. SAWYER,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
(Similar instructions to Colonel Abbott, Second Brigade.)
CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., October 12, 1864.
Brigade commanders will have their commands in readiness for a movement, at an hour's notice, across the James River or elsewhere. In the meantime baggage of the regiments will be collected and the men made as comfortable as circumstances will permit.
By command of Brigadier General William Birney:
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS, October 12, 1864-12.30 p.m.
I forward to you for your information orders* sent to General Terry, also orders* from the lieutenant-general to me. You will take such measures as you may be able to support General Terry's movement. I will advise you of the moment he moves.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, October 12, 1864-1 p.m. (Received 1.30 p.m.)
The lookout of General Marston reports that a force of the enemy's troops, with three wagons, just moved to their rear; no artillery.
How large a force of the enemy?
BENJ. F. BUTLER.
*See Butler to Terry, 12.30 p.m., p.186, and Grant to Butler, beginning-I think it advisable, p.183.