War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0244 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

January 24, 1865-5.40 p. m.

General DEVENS:

Have your troops under arms and in the breast-works before day-light. Report what available reserves you will have, and their location.

JOHN GIBBON,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to General Heckman.)

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

January 24, 1865.

Major-General GIBBON:

The following is respectfully forwarded;

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, INDEPENDENT DIVISION, 24TH ARMY CORPS,

January 24.

Lieutenant F. L. BALLARD,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

I learn from the colonel of the Fifty-eight New York Volunteers, camped on the hill near us, that he has information that a large body of rebel cavalry is massed on our extreme right and a body of rebel infantry massed in our front on the Darbytown road, while a body of rebel infantry is moving toward the right on the Charles City road. I suppose you already have this information, but I give it to you in obedience to your order.

Very respectfully, &c.,

THOS. F. WILDES,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

CHAS. DEVENS,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

January 24, 1865.

Major-General GIBBON,

Commanding Department;

Two deserters from the rebel lines, who left on Sunday, report that rebel General Gary had been ordered to South Carolina, and it was spoken of in camp that he would take his old brigade of cavalry with him. Corps officer of the day reports that everything, is quiet; he has just been round the lines.

CHAS. DEVENS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., January 24, 1865.

The order directing that the troops under army may be dismissed is countermanded. They will remain under arms until further orders.

By command of Brigadier General Charles Devens:

EDWARD MOALE,

Captain, Aide-de-Camp and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.