War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0390 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

October 27, 1864-6.30 p.m.

Brigadier-General POTTER:

GENERAL: The commanding general requests that you have your command under arms at dawn of day, so as to repel any attack the enemy might make at that hour.

Respectfully, yours,

P. M. LYDIG,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CLEMENTS' HOUSE, October 27, 1864-9 a.m.

Major-General BUTLER,

Aiken's House:

The movements at this end have not yet resulted in anything more than a little skirmishing and forcing the enemy back toward their lines. The Second Corps and the cavalry have forced the crossing of Hatcher's Run, and are moving west. The Ninth Corps confront the enemy in their works north of Hatcher's Run. The Fifth Corps is moving between the Second and Ninth Corps. How are you progressing on the right?

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

NEAR DARBYTOWN ROAD,

October 27, 1864-9.30 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Terry has advanced to Darby road, driving in the enemy's pickets. Weitzel's column was on Darby road at 8 o'clock, where it joins Drill-Room road, in time, and where he ought to be. All going on well.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Darbytown, October 27, 1864.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

We have driven in the pickets of the enemy, by Terry, as far as Charles City road. Weitzel has reached, at 1.40 p.m., the exterior lines on the Williamsburg road, and finds Field's division in his front. He is going to the right as far as Yorktown [York River] railroad to see where the enemy's right rests. Field's right rested this morning near the Darbytown road. He has extended, therefore, four miles. Shall I make a trial on this outstretched line? Casualties few as yet.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

WARREN'S STATION, October 27, 1864-5.40 p.m.

(Received 5.50 p.m.)

Major-General BUTLER:

The result on the left has been to find the enemy as far as we have extended to the left. Our troops are now eight miles west of the Wel-