War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0268 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

October 18, 1864-10.10 a. m. (Received 10.30 a. m.)

Colonel BOWERS, Assistant Adjutant-General, City Point, Va.:

I propose to disembark at Deep Bottom the colored troops coming to me. They will be there at a place easy of access, now healthy, and with good water ad a fine place for drill.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

October 18, 1864-11.10 a. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

If you please to have one of your staff inspect our base hospital of the Eighteenth Corps at Pint of Rocks, perhaps it will be seen that with small expense we can make a hospital that will serve all purposes of the field in connection with our hospital boats. It has provided for 3,000.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

October 18, 1864-9 p. m.

Brigadier-General PATRICK,

Provost-Marshal-General, City Point, Va.:

Please send my fifty more rebel prisoners to put in Dutch Gap. So many of these are taking the oath of allegiance that I want to keep the numbers full.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

October 18, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE A. KENSEL, Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer stationed in front of the Tenth Army Corps reports for the day:

One gun drawn by twenty animals on Osborne turnpike toward our left; probably intended for the new work a little to the right and in front of Fort Harrison. The number of tents in his front is sensibly increased. On the line of breast-works between Fort Gilmer and New market road a fatigue party of negroes is, as yesterday, at work. Wagons busily employed in hauling timber to this line.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. R. CLUM,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C., ARMY OF THE JAMES,

Numbers 297.

In the Field, October 18, 1864.

I. The commanding officer at Deep Bottom will direct the One hundred and fifteenth U. S. Colored Troops, and such other regiments of colored troops as may arrive hereafter, to encamp at Deep Bottom until further orders from these headquarters.