to serve personal ends or satisfy private revenges. They disturb our friends equally with our enemies in Charles City and New Kent, and run off a horse from an agent as soon as he is provided with one. Why was Major Marrowly arrested? He was represented by these people and known to General Butler to be a loyal man. I will send you full proof that Weston has tried to establish a horse-thief association, for the purpose of which the scouting business was to be carried on. Do any of the others know the country or the people? I think not; but if I am mistaken in their orders or purposes I beg to be undeceived.
GEORGE H. SHARPE,
MARCH 11, 1865.
Brigadier General JOHN A. RAWLINS,
Thirty-three deserters in from the enemy since last report.
JNO. W. TURNER,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
March 11, 1865. (Received 9.40 a.m.)
Brigadier General J. W. TURNER,
Chief of Staff:
Deserters from the rebel ram Virginia report that Semmes will come down within a week, as soon as ram is repaired. He intends to silence each battery as he passes. Deserters on their way to department headquarters.
G. F. SHEPLEY,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION ARMY OF THE JAMES, Numbers 22.
Before Richmond, March 11, 1865.
The undersigned hereby assumes command of this division during the temporary absence of Brigadier and Bvt. Major General A. V. Kautz.
R. M. WEST.
SUFFOLK, VA., March 11, 1865.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Portsmouth:
I have just arrived. I reached Murfree's Depot at 10 o'clock last night. Destroyed fifty bales of cotton and burned the depot, the warehouse, and other buildings. Will report to-morrow if train comes up.*
GEO. W. LEWIS,
*See Part I, p. 548.
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