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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 23, 1865-7.35 p. m.

General FERRERO,

Bermuda Defenses:

It is thought not advisable to get the range of your guns to-morrow lest the report of your guns may cause an alarm. Therefore counter and the order I gave you this p. m.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED,

January 23, 1865-10.30 p. m.

Brigadier-General TURNER,

Chief of Staff:

Our lines are intact; we have not been driven an inch. I will keep my forces up all night.

Very respectfully,

E. FERRERO,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.

P. S.-Reports from my picket-line state that two gun-boats are visible at the bend of the river under Howlett's Battery.

E. FERRERO,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,

January 23, 1865.

Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I send a deserter from the Hampton Legion, Gary's brigade, who reports that the brigade moved to-day at 11 o'clock with three days' rations. He does not know where it has gone.

Very respectfully, &c.,

AUGUST V. KAUTZ,

Brigadier and Brevet Major-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fortress Monroe, Va., January 23, 1865.

Brigadier General G. F. SHEPLEY,

Commanding District of Eastern Virginia:

SIR: The general commanding directs me to say that, after referring the matter of continuation in your district of that part of North Carolina north of the Albemarle Sound and east of the Chowan River to Lieutenant-General Grant, it is decided that the order assigning the State of North Carolina as part of the Department of the South will be carried out, without exception of any part of the State.

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

H. B. SCOTT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.