War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0566 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

February 15, 1865-4.35 p. m.

Major-General ORD,

Fort Monroe:

All quiet. Nothing from Sherman. A late fire in Danville destroyed $2,000 worth of property.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

February 15, 1865.

Major-General ORD,

Fort Monroe:

General Graham has returned, and reported nothing of importance. The Richmond Whig of to-day says:

We learn that a naval party, consisting of 12 officers and 100 men, under the command of Lieutenant (Tacony) Read, were recently captured by the Yankees near Smithfield, Isle of Wight County. Among the party was Assistant Engineer Tomlinson, of the James River fleet, who was married the night before his departure. We do not deem it prudent to give any information as to the object of their expedition, and think we are sufficiently explicit when we say that they started for a purpose, failed in accomplishing it, and are now, no doubt, in a Yankee prison, doing anything else than blessing their luck.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

POINT OF ROCKS, VA., February 15, 1865.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Department of Virginia:

The cavalry under Colonel Stratton returned to Fort Powhatan this a. m., having visited Cabin Point, Surry Court-House, Farmville (on the Blackwater River), Isle of Wight Court-House, and Smithfield, scouring the country in all directions, pursuant to my orders. They report having met no force of the enemy, except a small party, losing one man, captured. I visited Smithfield on the 13th instant, and landed a small force of infantry yesterday on the Mansemond, which had a skirmish near the village of Chuckatuck with about twenty-five of the enemy, wounding two, we suffering no loss. The cavalry return by land and expect to be in camp to-night.

CHARLES K. GRAHAM,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE SHENANDOAH,

February 15, 1865.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Middle Military Division, Eutaw House, Baltimore:

Nine respectable looking deserters came in last night and this morning from the enemy, amongst them forage master of Fits Lee. They report Wickham's cavalry brigade gone south; Payne's under orders to go; do not know if it has gone. Soldiers belonging to the working or non-slaveholding classes much disaffected, and that we may expect