War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0194 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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OCTOBER 12, 1864-5 p.m.

Major-General WEITZEL:

Colonel Kensel has now been waiting four hours. Send messenger to him to return, leaving his papers in any officer's hands to whom they may have been intrusted.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

OCTOBER 12, 1864-5.20 p.m. (Received 5.25 p.m.)

Major-General WEITZEL:

Any movement will be postponed till further orders. It is too late to-night. Let your troops know that it is thought to send Tenth Corps across the James.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, October 12, 1864. (Received 9.40 p.m.)

General BUTLER:

GENERAL: The following dispatch has just been received:

My pickets report seeing this p.m. a good deal of dust across the river below Fort Darling, in the woods, and moving down to our left; also a dozen or fifteen wagons across river moving toward the pontoon as if to cross to this side.

C. J. PAINE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Third Division.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

OCTOBER 12, 1864.

Major-General WEITZEL,

Commanding, &c.:

Major-General Terry will move with two divisions, aided by Kautz, upon the enemy at the Darbytown road at daylight, so as to meet the enemy at sunrise. A vigilant watch should be kept of the enemy, and in case they move any forces to their left a demonstration should be made from Battery Harrison. The New Market road will need observation.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., October 12, 1864.

Brigadier-General MARSTON,

Commanding First Division, Eighteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The general commanding corps directs that you at once withdraw from your line either the Second or Third Brigade of your division, and hold it in reserve near your headquarters ready to support