HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
March 9, 1865.
Chief of Staff:
The enemy, about ten minutes past 11, set up a great cheering along my front.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA, ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, March 9, 1865-2.05 p.m.
Commanding Bermuda Front:
You will probably go to Porsmouth in charge of defenses and of operations on Nansemond and other rivers at mouth of James. Colonel Howard is here. Asks for another steamer besides the Reno, which has her crew and orders for the Nansemond. He asks for another gun-boat, and a company of Thirteenth New York Heavy Artillery to man it. Have you such boat and company to spare from their present positions? The steamers are returning from the Rappahannock; and do you consider such other gun-boat and company necessary for the clearing of rebel parties at creeks around Norfolk and mouth of the James.
E. O. C. ORD,
NORFOLK, March 9, 1865.
Lieutenant R. DALE BENSON,
Headquarters Bermuda Hundred:
The expedition to Fredericksburg, which was a success, returned from Fort Monroe last night. Colonel Roberts, commanding, directs me to have the three boats coaled and ready to sail again to-morrow morning. The Chamberlain and Mosswood are coaling here. If the general has any orders for me direct in care of Captain Lowe to-night.
J. M. DURELL,
Captain and Aide-de-Camp.
CITY POINT, VA., March 9, 1865-11.10 a.m.
Colonel S. H. ROBERTS,
Commanding Expedition, Fort Monroe:
Your dispatch of last night but just this moment received. Go back on the Potomac as you propose. Turn over your captures of property to the quartermaster at Fort Monroe to be held for further orders. Your prisoners may be turned over to the provost-marshal at Fort Monroe.
U. S. GRANT,