War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0580 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS TENTH CORPS,

November 9, 1864-10.30 p. m.

General WEITZEL:

I have just got another report. The enemy's force consisted of cavalry. The made a dash on our pickets beyond Fussell's Mills, and at the junction of the Charles City and Long Bridge roads, but were driven back. All is quiet at present.

ALF. H. TERRY,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

November 9, 1864.

General WEITZEL:

I have just got a report from General Colonel West that the enemy are advancing in heavy force down the Charles City road. I don't know yet whether the report is to be depended upon.

ALFRED H. TERRY,

Brevet Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

COMMANDING OFFICER FIRST DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH CORPS:

The general commanding desires you to have your command in readiness to move at any hour during the night. Please give such orders ar will insure promptness and celerity if a movement becomes necessary.

G. A. BRUCE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 136. In the Field, Va., November 9, 1864.

There have been entirely too many desertions from our lines during the last few days. These desertions have been from the miserable wretches, bounty-jumpers, &c., who have entered the service for the sake of the money they received. Hereafter every man who moves beyond the picket-line without authority must be shot, if possible, at once, Every enlisted man who kills any one in the act of deserting, or stops him by wound or arrest while in the act, will be recommended by the general commanding this corps for a twenty days' furlough, and will undoubtedly receive. Every officer in command of a regimental of brigade picket-line will hereafter be held strictly accountable for any desertions from his part of the line.,

By command of Brevet Major-General Weitzel:

D. D. WHEELER,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., November 9, 1864.

Brigadier General CHARLES DEVENS,

Commanding First Division, Eighteenth Army Corps,

GENERAL: In case any deserters from the enemy come into our lines, or any prisoners of war are taken to-night, the general commanding desires them sent at once to these headquarters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. D. WHEELER,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.