War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0098 N. AND SE. VA., N.C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CITY POINT, VA., January 11, 1865.

Major General B. F. BUTLER:

General Grant telegraphed to Captain Leet to return your report to enable him to revise his indorsement on it. It will arrive here probably to-day, and will be returned by special messenger to-morrow. He has requested its publication.

JNO. A RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

January 11, 1865-6 p.m.

General U. S. GRANT,

City Point:

Have made the examination of Bermuda front. A North Carolina brigade has taken the place of Corse's, which came to the north of the James. There appears a reserve force near the Petersburg railroad crosses Deep Creek. I will call in person to-morrow and give other details.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

January 11, 1865. (Received 10.40 p.m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT;

General Butler sends up 700 of his parting order printed. I told him before he left there was no objection to his taking leave in an order, but it contains these words:

I have refused to order the sacrifice of such soldiers, and I am relieved from your command. The wasted blood of my men does not stain my garments. For my actions I am responsible to God and my country.

Shall I send this out?

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, VA., January 11, 1865-10.45 p.m.

Major General E. O. C. ORD:

General Grant directs me to say to you that General Butler's parting orders may be sent out.

T. S. BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

January 11, 1865-12 m.

Lieutenant Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina:

Six deserters have just come in from Battery Semmes. They are wet, and I have allowed them to remain here for to-night. They report