under command of Colonel G. F. Granger, Ninth Maine Volunteers. Colonel Granger will immediately report to Brigadier-General Devens. General Devens will organize his command as most convenient.
By command of Bvt. Major General A. H. Terry:
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., December 7, 1864.
GENERAL: I am directed by the brigadier-general commanding to request that in the event of any alarm in the course of the night or early to-morrow you will at once, without further orders, extend your command to the left along the intrenchments, so as to be prepared to assist in repulsing any attack that may be made upon that portion of the lines vacated this afternoon by the Second Division, moving toward the point that appears to be threatened.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
December 7, 1864.
The following has been received:
SECOND DIVISION, TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS-3.30 a. m.
Captain D. D. WHEELER,
CAPTAIN: The officers commanding the pickets in my front report the enemy moving; artillery can be heard crossing the pontoon on the James River, but in what direction cannot be distinguished.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, December 7, 1864.
General WEITZEL or HECKMAN,
Headquarters Twenty-fifth Corps:
The signal officer reports the rebel rams coming down the river.
JNumbers W. TURNER,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.