HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED,
ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, Va., November 27, 1864.
Brigadier General EDWARD FERRERO, Commanding Division:
GENERAL: I am directed by Brigadier-General Graham to state that the camp of the pioneer corps of the brigade commanded by Colonel Potter, situated on the rise of ground in rear of Battery Marshall, will not be occupied or destroyed by the troops of your command, as it is intended that it shall be still used as a camp for that organization.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. DALE BENSON,
Aide-de-Camp and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
November 27, 1864 - 10.40 a. m.
Please send the man who has been in the mine near Petersburg to Fortress Monroe to me this afternoon.
B. F. BUTLER,
CITY POINT, VA., November 28, 1864 - 6.30 p. m.
Major-General HALLECK, Washington:
If the Sixth Corps is moved here please send all the infantry before forwarding a single piece of artillery or wagon. I don't care for the artillery coming here at present if it can be used elsewhere. The wagon train can follow after all the troops are transported without the use of other transports than those now in service.
U. S. GRANT,
CITY POINT, VA., November 28, 1864 - 8.30 p. m.
(Received 9 p. m.)
Major-General HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:
There is no evidence of any of Early's forces having come here, except Kershaw's division. Up to Saturday, certainly, none other had. It is highly probable, however, that Early may have been sending troops to Georgia by way of Lynchburg, Burkeville, and Danville. This report from Sheridan looks as if the Sixth Corps could now be spared.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
November 28, 1864 - 11 . m. (Sent 11.45 a. m.)
I have taken no steps in reference to future movement, beyond conferring with Warren and sending a scouting party this morning toward Stony Creek to examine condition of roads. Warren stating that he