1146 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CRAP.
AUGUSTA, ME., September 30, 1864.
Maj. Gen. B. F. BUTLER:
The Governor is absent, but will endeavor to have the Eighth and
Eleventh Maine Regiments filled up. ?ª
JOHN L. HODSDON,
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C.,
ARMY OF THE JAMES,
No. 116. In the Field, September 30, 1864.
Bvt. Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel is hereby assigned to duty according
to his brevet rank, and will assume command of the Eighteenth Army
corps, relieving Major-General Ord, wounded in action.
By command of Major-General Butler:
ED. W. SMITH,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,
September 30, 1864-9.55 a. m.
Major-General BIRNEY, Commanding Tenth Corps :
The exigency having arisen provided for in the instructions, the junc-
tion of the two corps, General Paine's division will report to Major-
General Weitzel, who has assumed command of the Eighteenth Corps.
General Birney will move his corps by the left, so as to connect with the
right of General Weitzel, at or near the prominent work taken by the
Eighteenth Corps from the enemy, now occupied by General Stannard's
division. His command will then man the line until it strikes the New
Market road, and then at a proper point across that road he will refuse
his right, throwing it over nearly parallel to the road as the capabilities
of the ground may suggest. General Kautz, with his command, now on
the Darbytown road, will connect with General Birney, holding the
most of his force with the right refused, and picket so as to join pickets
with the forces at Deep Bottom, at or near the signal station at New
Market. General Kautz will throw his pickets out on all practicable
roads, so that no advance can be made by the enemy without timely
notice, i and if an advance is made it will be resisted firmly and imme-
diate information given to General Birney and these headquarters
simultaneously. Both Generals Birney and Kautz will strengthen their
lines by abatis, felling trees, and by such other means as their experi-
ence will suggest, it being our intention to hold our positions as at
present until other movements of the enemy. It is suggested that the
-reveille should be at 4.30 in the morning.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., September 30, 1864.
Division commanders will hold their commands well in hand and
prepared to move at any time. The men must be kept with their regi-
ments, and all stragglers and men absent from the regiments other
(Same to General Kautz.)