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CITY POINT, VA., November 30, 1864 - 8 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Have you had any information through deserters to know whether Kershaw's or Field's division has gone south?

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, Va., November 30, 1864 - 11.30 p. m.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

City Point:

Two deserters just in from Hoke's division say there is no movement of that division. They also say that Field is on our right, where he has been. They further say it is Heth's division which has gone from Petersburg. Have furnished this information to Colonel Sharpe.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, November 30, 1864.

Brigadier-General RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff, Armies Operating Against Richmond:

I have the honor re request of the lieutenant-general commanding the Armies of the United States that the following changes may be made in the organization of the Army of the James: It is proposed that the Eighteenth and Tenth Corps be discontinued; that the white infantry troops of the Eighteenth and Tenth Corps, now with the Army of the James, be consolidated under the direction of the major-general commanding the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, and that they constitute a new corps, to be called the Twenty-fourth Corps; that the colored troops of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina be organized into a new corps, to be called the Twenty-fifth Corps; that the artillery of the Eighteenth Corps be transferred to the Twenty-fourth Corps, and that the artillery of the Tenth Corps be transferred to the Twenty-fifth Corps; the present Tenth Corps staff to be transferred to the Twenty-fifth Corps; that Major General E. O. C. Ord may be assigned to the command of the Twenty-fourth Corps, and Major General G. Weitzel may be assigned to the Twenty-fifth Corps.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Copy to General L. Thomas, Adjutant-General, December 1.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, November 30, 1864.

Rear-Admiral PORTER,

Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, James River:

ADMIRAL: Brigadier-General Wild will hand you this note and brings also orders to General Palmer about the matter of which we