CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.—UNION. 1149
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,
Major-General WEITZEL, September 30, 1864.
Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps :
Prisoners taken report that they have been quite heavily re-enforced,
and that orders have been given to take the forts in your front at all
hazards before sundown to-morrow. We know of their being re-en-
3,500 men. Look out for to-morrow morning.
forced by Hoke's division and three brigades of Field's division, about
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH CORPS,
Near Chaffin's Farm, September 30, 1864.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Tenth Corps : ?ª
I sent an hour since a staff officer to Deep Bottom for my own com-
missary stores. I have also to report that I have just been informed
by Major-General Weitzel, commandino.''' Eighteenth Corps, that I was
to be relieved in my present position by troops of Tenth Corps, and
was then to report to him.
C. J. PAINE,
ORDERS. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, September 30, 1864.
Colonel Moore, commanding Two hundred and third Regiment Penn-
sylvania Volunteers, Birney's Sharpshooters, is hereby detailed to take
command of the post of Deep Bottom and on the other side of Four-
Mile Creek. He will be responsible for picket, provost, and other
duties, and will receive all recruits and report them to their proper
commands and forward them, if ordered by their commanding officers.
He will see that no enlisted, man passes the pontoon bridge from the
post without a proper order, or an orderly bearing dispatches.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
DARE Y ROAD, FIRST LINE REBEL WORKS,
September 30, 1864-7.30 a. m.
I felt the enemy's line all the way to the Chickahominy and found the
roads, all of them, commanded by heavy and light artillery. I found it
a connected line throughout and the redoubts very numerous. I made
an attempt at midnight to assault the works near the Chickahominy,
but in the darkness the command became confused in the fallen timber,
which was very extensive and difficult to get through, and I withdrew.