War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0226 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CITY POINT, VA., January 24, 1865.

Captain J. M. BERREIN, U. S. Navy,

Norfolk, Va.:

Please inform me what iron-clads you can send up the river, and how soon the first will start. They should run night and day until they reach their destination.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

NORFOLK, VA., January 24, 1865.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Telegram received. The Atlanta will be sent at once, and the Iron-sides will follow. Dictator not available.

J. M. BERRIEN,

Commandant Naval Station.

WASHINGTON, D. C., January 24, 1865.

Captain J. M. BERRIEN, U. S. Navy,

Norfolk:

Send all the iron-clads within your reach immediately up James River. Answer.

GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy.

Forward above to Captain Parker, on Onondaga, via Jones' Landing.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., January 24, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER GUN-BOAT ATLANTA:

If it is possible for you to get over the bar at Harrison's Landing please run up the river to the extreme point now occupied by our gun-boats. I inclose you copy of a dispatch * from the honorable Secretary of the Navy. The importance of having your vessel above is so great that I request you will make the effort to cross the bar at the expense of grounding your vessel. Lest you may not have a good pilot for the upper river I send one with the steamer carrying this.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

FORT MONROE, VA., January 24, 1865-3 p. m.

(Received 4 p. m.)

Honorable GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy:

Commander Parker has this moment reported that the rebel rams have passed the obstructions in James River. I have sent the officer to report to Commodore Radford, at Norfolk, requesting that the Ironside may be sent immediately to Newport News, and have ordered the Atlanta to the same place.

JOSEPH LANMAN,

Commodore, Ship Minnesota.

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* For inclosure, see Welles to Berrien, January 24, next, ante.

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