War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0247 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

January 24, 1865-3.10 a. m.

General FERRERO;

What evidence have you that the enemy's gun-boats passed our obstructions. Answer immediately.

GIBBON,

General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 24, 1865-3.35 a. m.

General FERRERO:

General Gibbon desirers you to ascertain the truth of the report about the enemy's landing at Crow's Nest, and to make your disposition to meet it if they are landing. Re-enforcements could not reach you in time to prevent it. The general thinks your force sufficient.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HATCHER'S, January 24, 1865.

General TURNER:

I have placed a 20-pounder Parrot in position, and will add another 30-pounder Parrot in a few minutes. I am determined to blow them all out of the water. We are doing splendid execution.

E. FERRERO,

Brevet Major-General.

BATTERY PARSONS, January 24, 1865.

General TURNER:

We have blown up one of the enemy's boats.

E. FERRERO,

Brevet Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 24, 1865-7.20 a. m.

General FERRERO,

Bermuda Defenses;

Please telegraph particulars concerning blowing up of enemy's boat.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS PROVISIONAL DIVISION,

January 24, 1865.

General RAWLINS:

Glorious. We have blown up one ram, disabled a small gun-boat, and have two rams aground, and we are hitting them every shot. I am determined to blow them all out of water, and feel confident to succeed.

E. FERRERO,

Brevet Major-General.