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ILEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,
July 11, 1861–5 p. m. General BUTLER:
The enemy's batteries on Malvern Hill fired on our gun-boats and wounded one man. Will send particulars as soon as received.
CITY POINT, July 11, 1861. Brigadier-General MARTINDALE,
Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps : I have directed General Meade to destroy, by leveling, such of the works captured from the enemy as are of no use for our defense in the rear of his line, and to send his engineer to point out such in rear of the Eighteenth Corps as should be leveled. Please order such work as the engineer officer may designate to be executed.
U. S. GRANT,
HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, EIGHTEENTII ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, l'a., July 11, 186 1. Maj. WILLIAM RUSSELL, Jr.,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Eighteenth Army Corps : MAJOR: Agreeably to instructions received from corps headquarters yesterday, I have the honor to submit the following report of casnalties of all officers above the rank of captain in this command since the 1st of May, 1864: Col. II. S. Russell, Fifth Massachusetts Cavalry, wounded in the shoulder June 15, 1864; Maj. Z. B. Adams, Fifth Massachusetts Cavalry, wounded in the lungs June 15; Lieut, Col. N. Goff, jr., Twentysecond U. S. Colored Troops, wounded in the foot June 15. It is reported, unofficially, that Lieut. Col. N. P. Pond, Second U.S. Colored Cavalry (dismounted), was wounded in the leg on the 12th instant; it is known that Colonel Pond went to Fort Monroe on the evening of the 12th instant, but the authority upon which he went is not knowil. Surgeon Barnes, chief surgeon of the division, will make a special report in regard to the matter. I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN H. HOLMAN,
HDQRS. DEPT, OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the field, July 11, 1861. Colonel FULLER,
Bermuda Hundred : The One hundred and thirty-eighth Ohio Regiment now stationed at Spring Hill is ordered to Cherrystone, Eastern Shore, Va. It numbers about 800 men. It will embark at Broadway, and will be ready to-morrow afternoon. Have transportation all ready.
G. WEITZEL, Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,
Camp near Jones' Vrek, V., July 14, 1861, Maj. R. S. DAVIS,
Asst. Adjt. Gen., Dept. of Virginin cand North Carolina : MAJOR: I have the honor to call the attention of the major-general commanding to the accompanying report of men and arms in this division. It will be observed that in addition to the great variety of arms and caliber that there is a great deficiency of the proper arms for cavalry. Repeated requisitions for carbines have been made, but have not been filled. The best carbines for cavalry are breech-loading repeaters, with metallic percussion cartridges. Of this kind Spencer's carbine is preferred, next the Henry rifle or carbine.
Sharps carbine is a favorite arm, but the ammunition in a few days' marching deteriorates so much as to be a serious objection, as ammunition trains can seldom be taken on cavalry expeditions, and therefore only a limited supply can be carried by the men. The same objection exists against all paper cartridges. The issue of Merrill's carbine, made in this command just before commencing the campaign, seems to have been a very defective arm in the manufacture. The Eleventh Pemsylvania Cavalry started on the 1st of May with 280 carbines; they are now reduced to 117, and this reduction is due almost entirely to detects in the arm itself. The officers report that many burst in the barrel, and other parts give way.
I propose to inake such transfer of arms as will give the least variety of calibers in the same regiment; but in order to do this I should first like to know whether any carbines can be obtained to replace the infantry arms that were issued only for temporary use to the dismounted men in the intrene!:ments, and which it is proposed to turn in. It is also necessary to know what kinds and in what numbers carbines, if any, can be obtained; otherwise the difficulty of variety in caliber may still exist. It will prove the most economical in the end to arm cavalry with the best weapons for its peculiar service. Without a serviceable carbine cavalry is most useless in the wooded country in which it is required to operate, where the enemy take up positions from which they can only be driven by dismounted men. I trust that something may be done to improve the eqnipment of this division. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
AUGUST V. KAT'TZ, Brigadier-General and Chief of Cavalry.
IIDQRS. DEPT, OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the field, July 11, 1861-8.26 p. m. ('olonel INNIS,
Fort Porchatan : The commanding general directs that you will state at once by tele. graph why you cannot furnish at least 100 men daily for engineer fatigue and this fatigue to work all day.
G. WEITZEL, Brigadier General and Chief Engineer'.
HOQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the field, July 11, 1861. OPERATORS,
Cherrystone : The commanding general directs me to say that he will order a whole regiment at your place.
G. WEITZEL, Brigarlier-General and Jeting Chief of Staff:
IIDQRS. DEFENSES OF NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH,
Portsmouth, Va., July 11, 1864--1.30 p. m. Maj. 1. S. GATES,
Bowers' Hill: MAJOR: There is a rumor here that Fitzhugh Lee is beyond Suffolk with a force of cavalry, infantry, and artillery. The general desires you to send out a reconnoitering party and ascertain, if possible, whether there is any truth in the report. The expedition to Chowan and Perquimans Counties will be suspended for the present. I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. L. MCHENRY, Captain and Assistant Adjutant General.
July 141, 1861-5 p. . General PALMER:
About 3 this p. m. I received notice from my outpost picket commandant that the enemy were making demonstration on our line of pickets, having killed the outer cavalry vedette on his post. I imme. diately dispatcherl, under Captain Green, infantryup the railroad; ordered the whole reserve under Captain Lee, Ninety-ninth New York, to skirmish up the Neuse road toward Core Creek; at the same time sent a cavalry force, under direction of Capt. Charles G. Smith, acting aidede-camp, out, all of which caused the enemy to retreat post haste, and my cavalry are in hot pursuit, followed by an infantry force as support. I think the enemy should be called on to disavow this act of firing on pickets in the above stated manner, as this is a game I can play at with interest in my favor. Will communicate again iť anything further turns up.
P. J. CLAASSEN,
Colonel, ('ommanding Outposis. (Same to General Ilarland.)
POINT LOOKOUT, July 11, 1861–9 a. m.
(Received 10.20 a, m.) Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
POINT LOOKOUT, July 14, 1864–7 p. m.
(Received Washington 9.15 p. mm.) Maj. C. II. RAYMOND,
CITY POINT, VA., July 18, 1861. llon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War: I regret to learn that Brigadier-General Ferrero was not confirmed by the Senate. I hope he will be immediately reappointed with his former rauk. Ile deserves great credit on this campaign for the manner in which he protected our immense wagon train with a division of undisciplined colored troops and detachments of dismounted cavalry without organization. He did his work of guarding the trains and disciplined his troops at the same time, so that they came through to the James River better prepared to go into battle than if they had been at a quiet school of instruction during the same time. If Ferrero is taken from his division I do not know how he is to be replaced.
CITY POINT, VA., July 17, 1861. Major-General HALLECK,
Washington, D), C.: In view of the possible recurrence of the late raid into Maryland, I would suggest that the following precaution be taken: First. There should be an immediate call for all the troops we are likely to require. Second. Washington City, Baltimore, and Harper's Ferry should be designated as schools of instruction, and all troops raised east of the State of Ohio should be sent to one of these three places as fast as raised. Nashville, Decatur, and Stevenson should also be named as schools of instruction, and all troops raised in Ohio and west of it should be sent to those. By doing this we always have the benefit of our increased force, and they in turn improve more rapidly by contact with veteran troops. To supply Sherman all the rolling stock that can possibly be got to him should be sent. An effort ought to be made to transfer a large portion of stores now at Nashville to Chattanooga. This might be facilitated by withdrawing for awhile the rolling-stock from the Nashville and Reynoldsburg Railroad, and a large part of the stock upon the Kentucky roads. There is every indication now, judg. ing from the tone of the Southern press, that, unless Johnston is re-enforced, Atlanta will not be defended. They seem to calculate largely upon driving Sherman out by keeping his lines of communication cut. If he can supply himself once with ordnance and quartermaster's stores, and partially with subsistence, he will find no difficulty in staying until a permanent line can be opened with the south coast. The road from Chattanooga to Atlanta will be much more easily detended than that north of the Tennessee. With the supplies above indicated at Chattanooga, with, say, sixty days' provisions there, I think there will be no doubt but that the country will supply the balance. Sherman will, once in Atlanta, devote himself to collecting the resources of the country. He will take everything the people have, and will then issue from the stores so collected to rich and poor alike. As he will take all their stock, they will have no use for grain further than is necessary for bread. If the enemy do not detach from here against Sherman, they will, in case Atlanta falls, bring most of Johnston's army here, with the expectation of driving us out, and then unite against Sherman. They will fail if they attempt this programme. My greatest fear is of their sending troops to Johnston first. Sherman ought to be notified of the possibility of a corps going from here, and should be prepared to take up a good defensive position in case one is sent, one which he could hold against such increase. If Hunter cannot get to Gordonsville and Charlottesville to cut the railroad, he should make all the Valley south of the Baltimore and Ohio road a desert as high up as possible. I do not mean that houses should be burned, but all provisions and stock should be removed, and the people notified to move out.
(JULY 10, 1861.- For Halleck to Grant 12.30 p. m. and 6 p. m., in regard to affairs in Maryland &c. see Vol. XXXVII, Part II. pp. 329, 330.]
WASHINGTON July 15 1861-10.30 p. IN. Lieut. Gen. U. S. GRANT:
Maj. Gen. H. W. Halleck thinks Hunter's command very badly cut up by the Lynchburg expedition, and that it does not now exceed 12,000 effective men of all arms. It is now at Harper's Ferry, or between there aud Leesburg. Wright with 10,000 men should be between White's Ferry and Leesburg. Ricketts and what has arrived of the Nineteenth Corps are between Wright and Washington. Orders for General Wright and the Nineteenth Corps to comply with your letter will be issued as soon as Halleck receives an answer to his telegram to you of to-day. It will take three or four days for Wright to get back. Halleck does not understand your letter sent by me as an order for Wright's recall, and awaits positive orders. He thinks on Wright's return the enemy may come back. Wright's orders now are to follow enemy till recalled.
C. B. COMSTOCK,
CITY POINT, V'A., July 15, 1861. Major General MEADE:
Commanding, bc.: It is necessary that a major-general should be appointed to the com mand of the Tenth Army Corps. I have been thinking of naming Major-General Humphreys for the place, but did not wish to do so with out first informing you and hearing whether you feel now as you did some time back about sparing him from his present position. Another thing, too, I want the general to understand before nominating him for