HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
October 31, 1864.
Chief of Staff:
I have the honor to report that nothing unusual transpired along our lines during the past twenty-four hours.
JNumbers G. PARKE,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,
October 31, 1864 - 11.15 p. m.
Commanding Ninth Corps:
GENERAL: My commanding of the outposts has just sent in to me the report that the enemy is moving a large force to our left.
R. B. AYRES,
FORT MONROE, October 31, 1864.
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
I have 1,200 sick men on board the hospital steamers Atlantic and Baltic ready to sail I have no fit steamers to which to transfer them. I deem in for the interest of the service and humanity that the use I design should be make of these steamers. I am awaiting an answer to my telegram whether they shall be unloaded, and have come to Fort Monroe for the purpose of attending to it. The case will be even worse when we receive our own sick and wounded from Georgia.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
WASHINGTON, D. C., October 31, 1864.
Hugh Crocker, an agent of Governor Seymour, is now with the Third Brigade, Third Division of the Tenth Corps, and John F. McQuade, another such agent, and lately an aide-de-camp to Fitz John Porter, is with the Second Brigade of the same division. There is reason to believe that they are engaged in such frauds as have recently been discovered and in Baltimore. Please have them looked after.
C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War.
FORT BRADY, VA., October 31, 1864.
Colonel H. L. ABBOT,
Commanding Siege Artillery:
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the enemy have fired but few shell at the canal during the day. Invariably stopped when we opened. Sent five Coehorn shell at my fort, killing one of the colored