War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0474 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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12 M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

One regiment infantry drilling in rear of Battery A.

R.,

Sergeant.

(Same to A. B.)

12.15 P. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

A train of eleven flats passed going toward enemy's left.

B. C.,

At D.

(Same to A. B.)

1.15 P. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

One piece of artillery passed on military road rear of Battery 5 going toward enemy's left.

B. C.,

At D.

4 P. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

A train just passed rear of Battery 5 going toward City Point and two in opposite direction.

B. C.,

At D.

(Same to A. B.)

STEUART'S FRONT - 4.15 p. m.

Colonel B[RENT]:

Usual drilling this a. m. rear of Battery A. A small steamer went up and down the river constantly during the day. Dredging-machine still at work. Seventy-five wagons passed up the river and thirty down during the day. No unusual activity observed in camp to-day in our immediate front.

R.,

Sergeant, at C.

(Same to A. B.)

4.30 P. M.

Colonel B[RENT]:

Two companies of infantry passed open space going toward enemy's front in Chesterfield. Four barges passed Point of Rocks going down the river.

R.,

Sergeant, at C.

(Same to A. B.)

Very respectfully,

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

CITY POINT, November 1, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

I feel it my duty to state that my officer at Old Curt-House reports that Gregg's cavalry has been withdrawn from his front, and also that Major Trucker has withdrawn all his mounted men, leaving me with no cavalry in front of my infantry pickets. I state this for your information, as the night after the cavalry were withdrawn last week two or three of my posts were driven in. Night before Gregg returned one of the cavalry posts was captured by guerrillas. Does not the general think it necessary to have mounted men in front of my infantry?

H. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.