War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0248 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 24, 1865-5.15 p. m.

General FERRERO, Bermuda Defenses:

Vessels will be sent up to-night to be sunk at the old line of obstructions. See that the calcium light does not interfere with it. Have communication with the parties sinking the obstructions.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

JANUARY 24, 1865-12.30 p. m.*

General TURNER, Chief of Staff:

With the exception of firing from Howlett's, all quiet on my line. The enemy made an attempt to drive my line, but so far have failed. I have ordered one-third on duty all night and all to turn out at one hour before day, also in case of any firing. Will send a report in the morning.

E. FERRERO,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

January 24, 1865.

Brigadier-General BIRNEY;

The general commanding directs that you have the breast-works manned in your line and that the men keep under cover.

D. D. WHEELER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

January 24, 1865.

Brigadier-General BIRNEY:

The gun-boats of the enemy are under the Howlett House Battery. The guns of a battery across the river dismounted a 100-pounder gun in Fort Brady. There is a rumor that one of the gun-boats is blown up. The general commanding directs that the troops do not remain any longer under arms, but held in readiness for any movement. Your One hundred and sixteenth Regiment is near Fort Brady, where it will remain for the present. The need rations.

D. D. WHEELER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

January 24, 1865.

General BIRNEY:

The general does not wish the regiment sent down to-day. The small fatigue parties he wishes sent.

D. D. WHEELER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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* Probably sent 12.30 a. m. 25th.

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