War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0840 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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one of these regiments back in the line, took away the regular brigade commissary, and he is making details for building hospital from it. Now, what I wish to know is, has General Ferrero any authority to do this,and was not done in violation of your orders to have that brigade ready for a move?

G. WEITZEL,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, December 6, 1864.

General FERRERO,

Commanding Bermuda Hundred:

Make no details from Colonel Bates' brigade. His brigade has been put under the order of General Paine and is no longer under your orders. Send all details or detachments that may be away from it now back to it. The brigade will be order to march to-day or to-morrow.

JNumbers W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

December 6, 1864.

Colonel D. BATES:

You will at once, on the receipt of this order, report with your brigade to Brigadier-General Paine. As your pickets cannot be relieved till after dark, you will leave a staff officer to collect them when they are relieved, and rejoin you. Please report at these headquarters when they are relieved and rejoin you. Please report at these headquarters when your brigade is marching by.

By order of Brigadier-General Ferrero:

GEO. A. HICKS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

JAMESTOWN, December 6, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

The propeller Lizzie Freeman was scuttled and sunk by the rebels off Day's Point.

CHAS. K. GRAHAM,

Brigadier-General,

JAMESTOWN ISLAND, December 6, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

The rebels burnt a sutler's schooner and captured the propeller Lizzie Freeman, off Pagan Creek, between 11 an 12 o'clock last night. Captain Sawtell, superintendent of prison labor, was on board of a barge in tow of the Freeman at the time. He escaped uninjured; but one colored soldier was killed, two wounded besides the mate of the barge. The steamer put off, either for the Chickahominy or Nansemond. Captain Fitch was near at the time. This boat went alongside of the