place, and no evidence of any force being there. He express the opinion that his former report was exaggerated. He has other parties out, and I expect to hear further from him. I have most of the Twenty-fourth Corps ready to move out it if becomes favorable to do so.
CITY POINT, VA., January 25, 1865-9.30 p. m.
In placing torpedoes in the river, place none above Cox's Landing at present.
U. S. GRANT,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTHERN CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, January 25, 1865-10 p. m.
Your cipher dispatch is received. Nothing has yet been done in the matter, and it will be arranged as you direct.
Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
CITY POINT, VA., January 25, 1865.
(Received 11.30 a. m.)
Brevet Brigadier-General ABBOT,
Have ordered an operator to be sent from Fort Monroe. When he arrives an office will be established at your headquarters. Please have the 100-pounder Parrott gun that was brought here yesterday, and is still here, taken at once to Fort Brady, north of the James, and put in position.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
E. S. PARKER,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
January 25, 1865.
Chief of Staff:
General Wild reports five boats went up this morning at 5 o'clock or so. They went up separately, each by its own power, apparently. The third in order was seen to be struck three times from Fort Brady, the balls striking fire from their iron sides. They traveled slowly up and made no return fire. The only sign of life aboard was the setting of a lantern n the bows of the third boat after she was struck the third time. This lantern was soon extinguished by the rifle-balls of the pickets.
C. A. HECKMAN,