what others do-that there is a rumor that Richmond is to be evacuated. One reports that Captain Read, formerly of the Florida, is going to make a reconnaissance of Dutch Gap in a night or two in a small boat. That is all the information that I could gain from them. They will be forwarded to-morrow morning.
C. A. HECKMAN,
HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, FIRST DIV.,
TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 1.
Steamer General Lyon, January 11, 1865.
I. The three steamers containing this brigade will, in pursuance of instructions, probably sail this evening, and on arriving at the point of landing the boats will anchor in the following order, commencing on the left; General Lyon, Weybosset, California. On arriving on shore each commander of regiments will at once form and await orders.
II. The troops will land in heavy marching order, and with forty rounds of cartridges per man.
III. The troops on each transport of this brigade will be prepared to land as soon as the transports anchor, and will land as expeditiously as possible.
By command of Colonel J. C. Abbott:
E. LEWIS MOORE,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
JANUARY 11, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,
Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General:
COLONEL: All quiet along the line of my command. Three of White's battalion were captured yesterday evening; will be sent in to-morrow.
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
HEADQUARTERS NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,
January 11, 1865.
Chief of Staff, Winchester:
I send you a rebel sergeant captured at his father's house near Bunker Hill. Belongs to McCausland's brigade, which he left at Hampton on the Strasburg railway. Refuses to say how he passed our lines or to give any information.
W. H. EMORY,
Brevet Major-General, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,
January 11, 1865.
Commanding First Brigade:
COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you send a force of not less than 300 men, under an efficient officer, at 8 a.m. to-mor-