1144 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. lour. LIv.
express companies and the policemen. We have got now before us
everything there is. A few more men and we can push through the
Darbytown line unless Lee quits Petersburg. If he does it is a ques-
tion of legs which will get here first. I feel no doubt of being able to
hold until you come if Lee and all come. These assaults appear to be
directed to the recapture of the big fort. It is evident that that
capture troubles the enemy much; indeed, the prisoners say they
are told it shall be taken if it costs every man they have got and all
we have got. Be it so. So far as I am concerned it shall not be taken
. except upon those terms. I congratulate you upon Warren's success.
I hope he has been successful in the attack we have just heard. I have
no accurate map, so that I cannot appreciate the value of his success.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
Major - Generq.
CITY POINT, September 30, 1864-11 p. m.
Major-General BUTLER :
General Meade's forces met with some success to-day, capturing a few
prisoners, two redoubts, and sonic rifle-pits; ?ª but later this evening, in
moving two divisions of the Ninth Corps to flank the enemy, they were
attacked furiously by two divisions of Hill's corps and forced back
somewhat, leaving some of their wounded and some prisoners in the
hands of the enemy. A division of the Fifth Corps moved up to their
assistance and checked any farther advance, and it is thought with
heavy slaughter of the enemy. This would look as if no heavy force
had been sent north of the James. I think it would be advisable for
you to reconnoiter up the Darbytown road, and if there appears to be
any chance for an advance make it.
U. S. GRANT,
CITY POINTS September 30, 1864-11.15 p. m.
Whilst in your present position Wilson's Wharf and Powhatan can be
reduced to small garrisons, and Harrison's Landing can be abandoned
altogether, if this will give you re-enforcements to do any good.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,
September 30, 1864-11.30 p. m.
Lieut. Gen. U. S. GRANT,
City Point, Va. :
From an officer who is to take the oath of allegiance I receive the
following information, upon which I rely: That before me there is
Heth's, Wilcox's, Field's, and Hoke's divisions, Pickett still at Ber-,
muda, Early having Kershaw's, Rodes' (Early's old), and Breckinridge's
forces. Before Petersburg is Anderson's old division, Mahone coin-