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FORT BRADY, VA., October 25, 1864.

Colonel H. L. ABBOT,

Commanding Siege Artillery:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the rebel fire at the canal was confined to about two hours in the middle of the day. No one injured as I could see or hear. Returned their fire with the 4.5-inch gun; killed a single man while crossing the field leaving the battery. Have moved all my men from the Gap, excepting enough to work one piece and the magazines. Shall bring the mortars away early to-morrow morning. Sent the light pieces this p.m. Put my last recruits on detachment to-day; they work splendidly; almost like old men.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. H. PIERCE,

Captain, First Connecticut Artillery.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. TENTH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 43.

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, Va., October 25, 1864.

As a token of respect for the memory of the late commander of this corps, Major General Davis Birney, the colors of the regiments, of the batteries, and the several headquarters will wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of thirty days from November 1.

By command of Bvt. Major General A. H. Terry:

WM. P. SHREVE,

First Lieutenant 2nd U. S. Sharpshooters, and Actg. Asst. Adjt. General

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

In the Field, Va., October 25, 1864.

Bvt. Major General G. WEITZEL,

Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: In reply to your telegram to Lieutenant-Colonel Kensel in relation to the control of the artillery within your command, I am instructed by the major-general commanding to say that all the artillery on this side of the James River and within the limits occupied by your corps is under your control. The company of First Connecticut Artillery serving at Dutch Gap will, however, be reported by General Graham as present with the regiment. The artillery on the other side of the James will be under the control of General Graham, but the light batteries belonging to the Eighteenth Corps, on his line, will be reported by the commanding officer of the Artillery Brigade of that corps.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 25, 1864.

Major General B. F. BUTLER:

Have those troops that are to report to me come up yet? Please order them to report to me as soon as they arrive.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

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