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been taken out of your line. They may attack; if so, it will be just at
night or at daybreak. You might show them your force by displaying
it on the lines. Have your reveille at 4 o'clock.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
IN THE FIELD, BEFORE RICHMOND,
September 29, 1864.
Maj. Gen. B. F. BUTLER:
SIR: I have the honor to report that at the time the Tenth Corps
made the advance on the third fort from my left I ordered a brigade,
under Colonel Jourdan, to attack the middle fort and carry it. Almost
the instant I made the attack the firing on the part of the Tenth Corps
ceased, and the fire of these three forts was at once centered on my
brigade in addition to a heavy infantry fire on our left flank, compelling
our force to retire. I am now holding the old position waiting further
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. A. HECKMAN,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
New Berne, N. C., September 29, 1864.
Col. JAMES W. SAVAGE,
TweV'th New York Cavalry :
COLONEL: The commanding general directs me to send you the
inclosed telegram from Colonel Hitchcock for your information. He
wishes you to send out a reconnaissance, as far as you may deem
prudent, to find out if there be any truth in this, and, if so, what the
real state of the case is. As it is possible the enemy may have planted.
torpedoes in the road your scout will take, he advises that the column
move very slowly and that two dismounted men be sent well in advance
to carefully examine the road for any suspicious indications.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. A. 'JUDSON,
BATCHELDER'S CREEK, September 29, 1864.
It is reported by two deserters from the Sixth North Carolina Cav-
alry that the enemy are taking the rails from the Atlantic and North
Carolina Railroad to build an iron-clad at the Roanoke River, nine
miles below Weldon. The deserters say they have commenced one
mile this side of Gum Swamp rifle-pits. They have six army wagons.
guarded by sixty men. They leave Kinston about 6 a. m. If this is
true I have no doubt the shells placed in the road on our front is to
detect a move on our part. The deserters have been sent to the provost-
marshal. Their names are Wilkins and Hamilton.
G. H. HITCHCOCK,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 132d New York Volunteers.