FORT BURNHAM, October 27, 1864.
Captain H. R. CLUM,
Chief Signal Officer, Department:
The firing commenced from the enemy's gun-boats and was taken up and continued by their mortar batteries in front and left flank for about half an hours, directing their fire upon this fort. I responded with my guns in Fort Burnham, and ceased as soon as the enemy stopped firing. As far as I have heard I have had but one man wounded. Enemy firing poor.
OCTOBER 27, 1864-5.30 p.m.
(Received 8 p.m.)
Chief Signal Officer, General Butler's Headquarters:
(Through station at General Terry's headquarters.)
A train of cars heavily loaded toward Petersburg.
FORT BRADY, VA., October 27, 1864.
Colonel H. L. ABBOT,
Commanding Siege Artillery:
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the enemy have been obedient to the 4.5-inch gun to-day, firing little and ceasing very soon after it opened. Two companies of colored troops were ordered here for support last night by Major-General Butler; were directed to report to me. Have encamped them just outside the work.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. H. PIERCE,
Captain, First Connecticut Artillery.
HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,
October 27, 1864. (Received 1.30 p.m.)
I have just received information that the enemy are driving in our cavalry pickets on the right.
ALF. H. TERRY,
October 27, 1864-1.50 p.m.
Send a couple brigades to support West and develop the movement of the enemy to find his intention. Look a little to the right on the New Market flank.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,