CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.—UNION. 1111
DEEP BOTTOM, VA., September 29, 7864-4.45 p. m.
I will now return to CitYPoint, at which place dispatches telegraphed
from here will reach me. Please say to General Barnard that I will
send a boat there for him. If the enemy do not re-enforce by more than
a division we will give them another trial in the morning, flanking
instead of attacking works.
U. S. GRANT,
September 29, 1864-9.10 p. m.
I am holding the line pointed out by Colonel Comstock and General
Barnard, to wit, from near grave-yard, at Cox's Ferry, up to the white
house; thence to the fort taken by Ord's corps?ª' thence along the lines
of the enemy taken by us across New Market road; thence, with the
right refused, extending to the Darbytown (or Central) road; thence by
a cavalry picket across that road, with a small brigade in reserve at
the junction of the Kingsland and Varina roads. Kautz has advanced
up the Central road to the inner line of redoubts near Richmond;
thence he has flanked to the right and has cut connections, and vs e have
not heard from him. Colonel Babcock has reported all other events to
you. If General Meade does not attack, why can we not have another
corps!. The danger is that the enemy may cross the river below us
and get in our rear, as we have no cavalry to picket the line to Dutch
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
September 29, 1864-10 p. m.
Can you meet me as early as sunrise to-morrow morning at Deep
Bottoms I desire to consult you. I would not say this early were it
not that any move should be made early.
BENJ, F. BUTLER,
CITY POINT, VA., September 29, 1864-11 p. m.
Deep Bottom :
General Meade will attack at daylight in the morning. If the enemy
have detached largely he may be able to carry Petersburg. If so, I
can send two corps, using railroads and steam-boats for the infantry.
On account of this attack I want to remain here through the day. I.
will go to Deep Bottom, however, to meet you' leaving here at 5 a. m.
U. S. GRANT,
?ª CHAP. LIV.1
BENJ. F. BUTLER,