CHAP. LIV.] CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.—ENION. 1145
manding, and Bushrod Johnson. Lee is commanding in person on
the north side of the James. We shall be attacked in the morning and
we shall make the best fight we can, but it is respectfully suggested that
the immediate movement of a division or two by rail to City Point, and
thence by boat to Aiken's Landing, is necessary. They have as many
men as we have, with the advantage of being the attacking party. We
shall be ready for them at daylight. Hoke's division has suffered so
heavily that I don't think it will go in again. This information, which
I believe is reliable, is submitted to the lieutenant-general. We have
as the result of to-day's fighting 209 prisoners, 18 officers, 2 battle-flags.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
CITY POINT, VA., September 30, 1864.
Your dispatch received since mine was sent to you. Without aban-
doning the position now occupied by Meade, I cannot re-enforce you.
You might, however, put a new regiment in at Deep Bottom and move
that force to the front. If the enemy continues to hold his present
force at Petersburg, I will to-morrow or Sunday night withdraw a corps
rapidly, using railroad and steamers to get them to you without
fatigue, and make another push. Is there not a considerable number
of the Eighteenth Corps back in their old camps who ought to be up
with their regiments?
U. S. GRANT,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the Field, September 30, 1864.
(Sent 12.30 a. in. October 1.)
Commanding, City Point :
Since writing my dispatch of 11.30 p. m., I have received yours of 11
p. m. saying that two divisions of Hill's corps are before Petersburg.
I don't think that can be. I have drawn all the available old men, with
the exception of 200 men, from Forts Powhatan and Pocahontas. Gen-
eral Ord was notified at his headquarters to forward all the men in his
camp to-day. I see no reason to alter my dispatch of 8.30 [11.30] p. m.
I will put the officer upon his life as to the truth of his information be-
fore sending this dispatch.
P. S.—I have examined this man upon his life, and he says he is will-
ing to put it upon the question of all the divisions I have named except
Wilcox's division, of Hill's corps, to wit, Heth, Field, and Hoke. He
believes strongly from what he has heard that Wilcox is here, but he
says he does not know it. We have numbers of prisoners from Field's
and Hoke's divisions, and all report Heth here.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,