1092 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. LIV.
ENEMY'S FIRST LINE, September 29, 1864-9.30 a. m.
Major-General 1VIEADE : (Received 10.35 a. m.)
We are now on enemy's first line. General Ord has carried Chaffin's
farm. Our lines still advancing.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
0. E. BABCOCK,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
September 29, 1864-12 m.
General U. S. GRANT :
The following dispatch has just been received from Major Fisher,
chief signal officer:
STATION NEAR FRIEND'S HOUSE,
September 29, 1864-11.40 a. m.
General HUMPHREYS :
A column of troops numbering about 2,000 has just passed toward Richmond on a
side 'road along the Richmond turnpike. Trains were moving upon the turnpike at
the same time, and are still moving. At present a well closed up column is entering
Petersburg at the cross-roads. There were at least 4,000 in this column; I did not
see the head of it.
B. F. FISHER,
Major and Chief Signal Officer.
General Meade has gone to General Warren's headquarters.
General MEADE :
Signal officer reports train of sixteen cars, heavily loaded with troops,
from Petersburg to Richmond.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
DEEP BOTTOM, September 29, 1864-1.30 p. m.
Major-General MEADE :
Re-enforcements are beginning to come from Petersburg. I doubt
whether it will be advisable for you to make any advance this evening,
but this I leave to your judgment. The works carried this morning are
very formidable, equal to Warren's inclosed works. One that I was in
had two 8 or 9 inch columbiads and a number of small rifle guns, besides
one 100-pounder Parrott. Since writing the above I have received re-
ports of large forces moving from Petersburg toward Richmond. If
this continues it may be well for you to attack this evening.
U. S. GRANT,
IN THE FIELD,
Junction of Varina and New Market Roads,
[September 29, 1864]-12.15 p. m.