"11 A. M.
"Train of eight box-cars, the tops crowded with troops, just passed rear of Battery 5, going toward enemy's left.
"Sergeant, at D."
"11.30 A. M.
"All quiet this a.m. Gun-boat in same position. A new camp of about thirty tents has been observed to our right of Point of Rocks.
"Sergeant, at C.
("Same to A. B.")
"STEAURT'S FRONT-3.25 p.m.
"Nothing unusual since last report. Drilling behind Battery A. Fifteen passed down and ten up. Some sharpshooting in our front from Dunn's. Steamer off Straham's lower landing. One company of infantry drilling at Point of Rocks.
"Sergeant, At. C."
"3.30 P. M.
"Report exclusive of special report: There have passed of Battery 5, going toward enemy's, two trains of seven coaches, and the number of the other we could not count, and thirty-five wagons. Rear of same battery, going toward City Point, two trains, one of five coaches, the number of the other also could not be counted, and thirty wagons.
"Sergeant, at C."
H. W. HOLMAN.
L. A. DILLINGHAM,
Lieutenant and Signal Officer.
HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
City Point, Va., December 16, 1864.
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II. Brigadier General H. W. Benham, commanding defenses at City Point, will, without delay, detach from his command 1,000 men, under their proper officers, with directions to report to General Ferrero, commanding Bermuda Hundred Defenses, for temporary duty.
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By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
E. S. PARKER,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Military Secretary.
HDQRS. ENGINEER Brigadier AND DEFENSES OF CITY POINT, December 16, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel J. M. CLOUGH,
Commanding Eighteenth New Hampshire Volunteers:
Five hundred men of the Fifteenth [New York] Engineers have been ordered to report to you immediately, under Major Slosson, also 75 men from the Michigan sharpshooters, and 125 from the Maine Sharpshooters.