War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0301 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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HATCHER'S, October 21, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

The following dispatch just received from Captain Hallett, gun-boat Foster, who commanded the expedition to Smith's Point, sent out in retaliation of the capture of the light-house keeper:

I went to Smith's Point, up Coan River, and also Great Wicomico, besides several creeks. Had several skirmishes with the rebels and two smart little skirmishers - killed and wounded about thirty rebels;none of us hurt. Have on citizens and three other prisoners -one, I believe, a captain in the Second Georgia Regiment. The country is full of home guards. I killed the captain of one company.

WARREN HALLETT,

Captain, Commanding Steamer Foster.

CHAS. K. GRAHAM,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION, October 22, 1864-9 a.m.

Captain PAINE:

At 7.20 a.m. three engines moved westward on South Side Railroad; 8.30 a.m. five wagons passed westward on Boydton plank road. Distant cannonading is heard in the direction of Point of Rocks. No change of camp has been visible.

J. L. PRAY,

Sergeant.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION, October 22, 1864-4 p.m.

Captain PAINE:

At 1 p.m. wagons were seen passing westward on Boydton plank road; this is the only collection of transportation that has been observed. No changes of camp have become visible.

J. L. PRAY,

Sergeant.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, October 22, 1864.

Major FISHER:

No movements of any importance seen to-day. Three engines passed along the South Side Railroad this a.m. and one this p.m.

CHAS. L. DAVIS,

Captain, &c.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

No. 360.

Washington, October 22, 1864.

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11. By direction of the President, Bvt. Major General Gershom Mott, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby assigned to duty according to his brevet rank of major-general.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.