254 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. LIV.
I am also directed to call your attention to the following extract
from your report of operations on the 30th of September:
At 1.30 p. m. we again moved to the left to the support of the Eighteenth Corps,
taking position between a battery on our right and extending to the left, opposite
General Birney's orders to you were to relieve the left of General
'Paine's command, of the Eighteenth Corps, taking position in the
trenches on the right of the Forty-fifth U. S. Colored Troops. The
position held by you as described in your report was near the extreme
right of General Paine's line.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. PROVISIONAL BRMADE, ARMY OF THE JAMES,
DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED, VA.,
October 16, 1864.
Lient. C. H. CURTIS,
Thirteenth New Hampshire Volunteers :
LIEUTENANT : 1 am directed by Major-General Butler, commanding
Department of Virginia and North Carolina., to thank you personally,
in his name, for the vigilance, promptness, and energy displayed by you
in causing the arrest of one Kidder, who obtained access to our lines
by passing himself off as a major in the service of the United States.
Under the pretense of securing and sending home the remains of a
gallant officer who fell in the charge upon Fort Harrison, from whose
afflicted father he had received $100 for that purpose, he had devoted
himself industriously to acquainting himself with the distribution of
our forces and the position and armament of our batteries. From the
shifts he resorted to, now representing himself as belonging to a certain
regiment, now as on duty in charge of a portion of the line, with sword
and sash on, to delude the unsuspecting, we have reason to believe that
he designed evil to our cause. This has been averted by your timely
action. Being on duty in the quartermaster's department, and not
supposed to be giving particular attention to the action of officers
apparently on duty, your shrewdness in detecting this imposter, if not
a traitor and spy, is all the more commendable. It is with real pleasure,
therefore, that .1 tender you the approbation .and .warm thanks of
General Butler, and congratulate you upon the favorable notice your
services have received from department headquarters.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. II. POTTER,
Colonel Twelfth Nezv Hampshire Volunteers, Comdg. Brigade.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the Field, October 16, 1864. (Received 9.20 p. m.)
Brigadier General KAUTZ :
In accordance with orders from Lieutenant-General Grant I hereby
assume command of this army during General Butler's temporary