War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0948 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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front have been ordered to report to take the place of those sent away. As soon as they report, which will be some time during the night, they will be assigned to your command.

I am, general, your obedient servant,

W. H. ABEL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, Va., December 10, 1864.

Brevet Brigadier-General BATES,

Commanding Reserve Forces, Twenty-fifth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you have your troops under arms from 5 a.m. to-morrow until after daylight.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. H. ABEL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., December 10, 1864.

Brigadier General WILLIAM BIRNEY, Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: You will have your command under arms and in readiness to move at a moment's notice, as a movement of the enemy is reported on our right.

By order of Brigadier-General Heckman:

W. H. ABEL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, Va., December 10, 1864.

Brigadier General WILLIAM BIRNEY, Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you have your troops under arms from 5 a.m. to-morrow until after daylight. You will keep a sharp lookout and see that the officers in charge of the picket-line are watchful and vigilant, and report promptly to these headquarters any movement on the part of the enemy.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. H. ABEL,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED, VA.,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, December 10, 1864.

Major GEORGE B. COOK, Chief of Artillery:

MAJOR: You will order a battery of light artillery to move with the utmost dispatch across the lower pontoon bridge, Deep Bottom, and move out to Kingsland road and report to General Jourdan. Let this order be executed without any delay.

By order of Bvt. Major General E. Ferrero:

GEO. G. HICKS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.