War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0398 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 27, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Va. and N. C.:

I have just arrived at the intersection of the Williamsburg and the old Fair Oaks battle-ground. You understand now that I am entirely lost from Terry. I have thus far encountered nothing but cavalry.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 27, 1864-1.49 p.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Va. and N. C.:

I have reached their outer line of breast-works on the Williamsburg road. General Marston reports Field's troops entered over it; they have some artillery. I have directed him to feel them and see if he can get in. In case he don't, shall I continue my march northward, and, if so, what shall I do if the enemy gets my communication?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 27, 1864-4 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Va. and N. C.:

I have the honor to report to the general commanding, that, believing the enemy very weak on my front, I assaulted with two brigades; the onset was repulsed. I have sent Colonel Holman to make the demonstration on the York River Railroad. If he fails to find the enemy's left what shall I do?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 27, 1864-4.45 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Va. and N. C.:

Colonel Holman reports that he finds the enemy with intrenchments on the York River road.

Very respectfully,

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.