War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0652 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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constantly on hand in the wagons eight days' bread and small rations, and eight days' beef on the hoof. Your attention is particularly called to the practice of your brigade commissaries making issue to the regiments when the order is issued from these headquarters for a movement of the troops, thus causing a great waste of fresh beef and other supplies. You will at once see that the command is supplied as above directed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. H. BIBBER,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, November 18, 1864-1 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

All quiet to-day. Last night Graham's pickets were driven i non Bermuda front. Have re-enforced him by a veteran brigade. Troops all back from North.

BENJ. F. BUTLER.

CITY POINT, VA., November 18, 1864-3.30 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Your dispatches received and information of rumors of enemy's contemplated movements transmitted to General Meade. General Meade has been ordered to send at once two regiments of colored troops to report to General Graham at Point of Rocks. Upon their so reporting you will please send the two regiments you propose to report to General Parke.

JNumbers A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, November 18, 1864. (Received 1.15 p. m.)

Major-General MEADE:

Is there any movement in Petersburg? Rebel picket reports to General Graham's pickets that Petersburg was to be evacuated last night or will be to-night. His pickets in front of Bermuda were driven in last night.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, November 18, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

No movements in Petersburg have been observed or reported up to this hour. Reports from my lines, signal officers, and deserters indicate no changes or movements.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.