DECEMBER 7, 1864-9 p. m.
You will embark your command, and get them off to Fortress Monroe as soon as possible after daylight to-morrow morning.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
POINT OF ROCKS, December 7, 1864.
(Received 9.45 p. m.)
Your dispatch received.
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARTY. Brigadier, 25TH ARMY CORPS,
December 7, 1864.
During the temporary absence of Lieutenant Colonel R. H. Jackson, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Artillery Brigade, Twenty-fifth Army Corps. Communications will be addressed as before.
L. L. LANGDON,
Captain, First Artillery, Commanding Brigade.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, December 7, 1864.
Colonel SAMUEL P. SPEAR,
Commanding Brigade, Cavalry Division:
COLONEL: The general commanding the division directs that to-morrow (the 8th) morning, at 8 o'clock, you send a scout toward the enemy's lines in the direction of the junctions of the Long Bridge and Charles City roads. Send an officer well acquainted with this kind of duty, and instruct him to gather all possible information of any movement of the enemy. He will report direct to these headquarters on his return.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THEO. H. SCHENCK,
Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD BRIGADE, CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES,
December 7, 1864.
ACTING ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,
Headquarters Cavalry Division:
MAJOR: I have the honor to report that nothing of particular not has occurred upon the picket-line of this brigade for the four days commanding on the 3rd and ending on the 7th instant. The vedettes have been occasionally fired upon by the enemy on the Darbytown road, and in the afternoon a light skirmish occurred between the relief and a small party of the enemy, in which the latter were driven off. A deserter