War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0818 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, March 3, 1865-2.20 p.m.

Brigadier-General GRAHAM,

Hatcher's:

Please have such gun-boats as are available for an expedition gotten ready, and let me know how many you have and when they can be gotten ready.

JOHN GIBBON,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA, ARMY OF THE JAMES, In the Field, March 3, 1865-3.50 p.m.

Brigadier-General GRAHAM,

Bermuda Defenses:

Have at least two gun-boats ready by noon to-morrow-three, if you can. Let them meet the expedtion which will leave to-morrow at noon at Old Point, and there let them confer with the commander of the expedition.

By order.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, March 3, 1865.

Brigadier-General FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: There have been turned over to these headquarters, 1,165 enlisted men and 78 officers. More prisoners are reported coming in. Thirteen battle-flags are reported taken [that is about the number], 6 pieces of artillery, approximately 100 wagons, ambulances, &c. A report just arrived from wagon train reports all coming along pretty well.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. MERRITT,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, March 3, 1865.

General CUSTER:

Assure yourself that the country in this vicinity is well picketed, especially toward the north.

W. MERRITT,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, Charlottesville, Va., March 3, 1865. [Received 11 p.m.]

Brevet Major-General CUSTER,

Commanding Third Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: The brevet major-general commanding cavalry directs that you commence breaking up the railroads toward Lynchburg, starting at a point on the outside of the town. The railroad ties must be