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WATER BATTERY SIGNAL STATION,

July 30, 1864—2.10 p. m. Captain NORTON: An infantry regiment is going west across Chaffin's farm.

G. S. DANA, Captain, Signal Corps.

JULY 30, 1864—2.30 p. m. Captain NORTON: Another infantry regiment is crossing Chaffin's farm, going west.

G. S. DANA,

Captain, &c.

WATER BATTERY SIGNAL STATION,

July 30, 1861–2.50 p. m. Captain NORTON:

Two more regiments of infantry are now crossing Chaffin's Bluff, going west.

G. S. DANA, Captain, Signal Corps.

WATER BATTERY SIGNAL STATION,

July 30, 1861–3 p. m. Captain NORTON:

The four regiments of infantry just reported have crossed the river and are going west; also one battery of six guns and caissons.

G. S. DANA, Captain, Signal Corps.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

July 30, 1861-3.25 p.m. Brigadier-General WEITZEL,

Acting Chief of Stat": GENERAL: The signal officer at water battery station reports at 3.10 p. m. that “Two more regiments of infantry, six in all, with fifteen wagons, have crossed to west side of James River." Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON, Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION,

July 30, 1864–6 p. m. Captain NORTON:

A train of sixteen cars loaded with troops just passed the Junction toward Petersburg.

SIMONS, Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

WATER BATTERY SIGNAL STATION,

July 30, 1861–7.10. p. m. Captain NORTON: A brigade of infantry has just crossed the James, going west.

G. S. DANA, Captain, Signal Corps, U. 8. Army.

SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION,

July 30, 1864–7.30 p. m. Captain NORTON:

A train has just passed the Junction toward Petersburg: Could not see it, but judge from the sound that it was heavily loaded.

SIMONS, Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

July 30, 1864–9 p. m. Brigadier General WEITZEL, Acting Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The signal officer at Spring Hill station reports at 8.15 p. m. that two trains had just passed the Junction toward Petersburg and one toward Richmond. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B, NORTON, Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

GENERAL ORDERS,

Hpqrs. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C.,

In the field, Va., July 30, 1864. The station on the northern shore of the James River, now known as Wilson's Landing, is hereby designated as Fort Pocahontas. By command of Maj. Gen. B. F. Butler:

R. S. DAVIS, Major and Assistant Adjutant General.

JULY 30, 1864-10.45 1. m. Colonel ABBOT, Broadway Landing :

All the siege material must be moved at once. The order says to City Point, but I have sent for further instructions about that. Make all necessary arrangements and let me know by telegraph. The matter is urgent. What can I do here in the matter?

HENRY J. HUNT,

Brigadier-General.

BROADWAY LANDING, VA., July 30, 1864—11.15 p. m. Brigadier General Hunt, Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

Does the order include the Eighteenth Corps batteries? I start about fifty wagons to be loaded with the mortars of the Fifth Corps front, all they can carry of them. If you can send me the guns in Fort Hell, six 1! iuch guns, and the guns of Brooker and Pratt, each six 41-inch guns, by artillery horses, it will aid me greatly. I will get some wagous for the ammunition for them started early in the morning, and hurry matters as much as possible. Please also, if possible, send me the six Coehorns and ammunition (loaded in six wagons) sent Colonel Wainwright last night. He has no transportation for them. Please notify me about the Eighteenth Corps batteries at once.

HENRY L. ABBOT, Colonel First Connecticut Artillery.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 30, 1861. Colonel ABBOT:

The heavy mortars may be reduced so as to only leave enough to be fully supplied by the ammunition still on hand.

H. J. HUNT, Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery.

HDRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, July 30, 1864. Major-General BIRNEY, Tenth Corps :

Mine was exploded at 4.40 a. m., blowing up a South Carolina regi. ment and four pieces of artillery. Breach then occupied by Ninth Corps without opposition. Enemy had a second line; Ninth and Eighteenth Corps charged it four times and were repulsed. We now hold the breach in first line, but will abandon it to-night. Respectfully,

G. WEITZEL, Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Stafi.

JULY 30, 1864–6.45 a. m. General BIRNEY:

General Grant telegraphs that the enemy seem to be in small force in Petersburg, and that to hasten re-enforcements against the attack now being made he may take the men from our front. If so, we must push them at once, take and hold the road to the last man. Please have examination and watch kept on your picket-line to see if they still stay in force. Yours,

B. F. BUTLER, Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864. Major-General BUTLER:

Your dispatch received. I have ordered all of my troops to hold themselves ready to move at a moment's notice, and will report promptly any change in our front on part of the enemy. Birge has not reported yet. I have sent to see as to his location. The telegraph to Foster is down, but will be quickly repaired.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General. It will be repaired in one hour.

O'BRIEN.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864-11 a, m. General WEITZEL:

Foster holds lower bridge-head with 150 men. Officer of day at 9.15 reported enemy advancing on his center near the Grover house. Gunboats are shelling the woods.

• D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864. Major DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: Foster reports troops in his front and right, marching off in direction of Chaffin's Bluff. Have a deserter from Heth's division, Cooke's brigade, from Foster's front.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864—2.50 p. m. Major DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: The signal officer reports constant passing of troops across the river going west with a proportion of artillery. Foster has taken another deserter, who reports all of Hill's corps, except one brigade, and part of Longstreet's in his front at daylight, with orders to march at a moment's notice. All quiet in his front.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864. Major-General BUTLER:

I send you a very intelligent prisoner captured in an effort to exchange papers. He belongs to Pickett's division. He is not a willing, but I think a very intelligent, fellow.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 30, 1864–7 p. m. Major-General BIRNEY:

The necessity of keeping your command ready to march is over. Let it resume its original position. This is by direction of the major-general commanding

G. WEITZEL, Brigadier General and Acting Chief of Staff

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 30, 1861–11.15 p. m. Major-General BIRNEY:

The major-general cominanding directs me to inform you that Turner's division, of your corps, has been ordered to report to you in the course of the night. He further directs that you will immediately order all the troops of the Nineteenth Corps to be at Bermuda Hundred by daybreak to embark for Washington. There must be no delay in the latter. Please acknowledge, Respectfully,

G. WEITZEL, Brigalier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, July 30, 1864. 1. Brig. Gen. H. W. Birge, commanding First Brigade, Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, will report with his command to Brig. Gen. A. H. Terry, commanding First Division, Tenth Army Corps.

By command of Major-General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH, Assistant Adjutant-General,

ORDERS.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864—11,50 p. m. Colonel Molineux's brigade, of the Nineteenth Army Corps, will proceed immediately to Bermuda Hundred and embark for Washington. The brigade must be at Bermuda Hundred by daybreak without fail. By order of Major-General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., FIRST Div., 10TH ARMY CORPS,
BERMUDA HUNDRED INTRENCHMENTS, &C.,

July 30, 1864. Capt. A. TERRY:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report ready to march with:

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Not including

Non-commissioned staff.
Picket
River guard.
Sally-port.
Detail Third New Hampshire sent to Norfolk
Garrison Redoubt Carpenter..

22 350 38 5

4 170

1,519

Total
Not including musicians and hospital corps.

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