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HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY,

October 16, 1864-7 p. m.

Captain JONH B. MAITLAND,

Asst. Adjt. General, Second Brigadier, Second Div., Cavalry Corps:

CAPTAIN: In obedience to orders received from Colonel Smith, I directed Captain Snyder to take his squadron and move down the plank road to the Proctor house and find out what force was in that vicinity. He found no pickets on his way out, but a heavy blockade just this side of the force in the hollow. It was dark when [he] arrived there, and he went no farther. On his return, soon after he had passed the road, leading off to the right, he was attacked by a small party coming in on that road. Several shots were exchanged, but no casualties. He reports no indications of a large force in that vicinity.

Respectfully, yours,

J. K. ROBISON,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C,

Numbers 294.

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, October 16, 1864.

I. Six companies of the Forty-first U. S. Colored Troops, having reported for duty in this department, will proceed to Deep Bottom and report to Colonel Rand, Fourth massachusetts Cavalry, commanding at that point, relieving the One hundredth New York Volunteers. The One hundredth New York Volunteers, on being relieved, will proceed to the front and report to Brevet Major-General Terry, commanding. Tenth Army Corps.

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By command of Major-General Butler:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

October 16, 1864.

Major-General WEITZEL:

The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to say that, having been first assigned according to your brevet rank as major-general, you will take command of the Army of the James in General Butler's absence.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

CITY POINT, VA., October 16, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

The Secretary of War and myself will start immediately for Aiken's Landing. We take no horse with us, and therefore request you to meet us at the landing.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.