War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1122 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, January 22, 1865.

Brigadier General G. W. C. Lee,

Commanding Chaffin's:

Our gun-boats are going to make an attempt to force their way down the river to-night or to-morrow morning and destroy the shipping at City Point. You will please keep a sharp lookout on the enemy in your front, and notify us promptly of any change you may observe in their disposition. They may be obliged to move most of their force from this troops. You will keep in communication with our fleet, and notify us by telegraph as soon as it starts.

These orders are sent to you under the impression that you command in General Ewell's absence. If, on the contrary, General Barton commands, will you please transmit them to him.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, January 22, 1865.

General Longstreet directs you have your division drawn up in line, right resting on the Darbytown road, to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, January 22, 1865.

Major General J. B. KERSHAW,

Commanding Division:

General Longstreet desires you to open communication by means of your signal corps with our fort in front of Fort Harrison by daylight to-morrow morning, so as to be advised of any movement the enemy may make in front of that part of the line. Let the signal party opposite Fort Harrison be instructed to notify General Lee or Barton, or whoever may be in command of that part of the line, of their presence and the object of their being there, so as to obtain at once information of anything which may occur. Direct all your pickets to be extremely vigilant and to report at once any change. You will also have such of your division on New Marked road, at 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. Retain all passes to leave camp till it is seen whether anything will be done.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.