War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0588 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, February 18, 1865-3.50 p. m.

General RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff, City Point:

Thirty-eight deserters in yesterday-forty-three to-day-on my front.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General of Volunteers.

CITY POINT, VA., February 18, 1865-6 p. m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Army of the James:

If you have any shells filled with Greek fire I wish you would experiment with a few of them on the abatis of the enemy and see if it can be set on fire.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

February 18, 1865-7 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Have only a few shells, 100-pounders, and no guns of that caliber facing the enemy's abatis near enough.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, VA., February 18, 1865.

Major MICHIE,

Chief Engineer, Army of the James:

In consideration of your dispatch of last evening, the lieutenant-general consents to your retaining the detachment of the Fifteenth New York Engineers until further orders.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

T. S. BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HATCHER'S, February 18, 1865.

Colonel E. W. SMITH:

General Graham has reported here. I await instructions.

E. FERRERO,

Brevet Major-General.

CAVALRY HEADQUARTERS,

February 18, 1865.

General TURNER,

Chief of Staff:

The return of the expedition to Fort Powhatan was reported yesterday on the morning report.

A. V. KAUTZ,

Major-General.