War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0306 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES, In the Field, January 30, 1865.

Colonel SPEAR:

The general commanding Cavalry Division directs that you send a party to Riddell's Shop, to remain there until evening of hold the cross-roads and give information of any movement of the enemy. Should Colonel Evans return before evening the party can return with him. Fifty or sixty men will be sufficient. Colonel West has been directed to watch the Charles City road toward White's Tavern.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WHIPPLE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES, January 30, 1865-10.35 p. m.

General J. B. CARB,

Wilson's Wharf:

General Ord directs that you have you command at Wilson's Wharf and Fort Powhatan on the alert for the enemy. Have your wagon-trains inspected and your ammunition overhauled, and see if everything is in readiness to move if required.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

NORFOLK, VA., January 30, 1865.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Department:

Commodore Lanman, U. S. S. Minnesota, has requested me to send troops to aid in an expedition to Pagan Creek, near Smithfield. I sent General Vogdes to confer with him. General Vogdes has sent a small cavalry force to reconnoiter. At present the ice will prevent a boat expedition. In case that General Vogdes and Commodore Lanman should think the expedition advisable, shall I send a force?

Respectfully,

GEO. F. SHEPLEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES, January 30, 1865-8.10 p. m.

Brigadier-General SHERPLEY,

Norfolk:

General Ord directs that you send the force alluded to in your dispatch of this date, if required.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.