CHAP. LIV.] CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.—UNION. 31
CITY POINT, VA., October 1, 1864-10.45 a. M.
Major-General BUTLER :
From deserters and prisoners captured it is ascertained that John-
son's, Mahone's, Heth's, and Wilcox's divisions are about Petersburg.
I start for your headquarters as soon as I can write some dispatches.
U. S. GRANT,
CITY POINT, VA., October 1, 1864-7.15 p. m.
Deep Bottom :
Prisoners were yesterday taken from Anderson's brigade, Field's
division. The presence of Wilcox's, Heth's, Mahone's, and Johnson's
divisions was also shown about Petersburg. This shows that the ene-
my have divided divisions, and possibly brigades, to give the appearance
of force at all points.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,
October 1, 1864-8.55 p. m.
I have received no official report of the reconnaissance. Lieutenant
Michie, who was with it, has returned. General Terry penetrated as
far as the intrenchments on the Darbytown road without opposition.
General Kautz crossed the Charles City road without opposition as
far as the line of fortifications, which he found held in considerable
force, but not large force of infantry. General Kautz crossed the
Charles City road and exchanged shots with the enemy at a point in
the fortifications where they cross that road. General Birney ad-
vanced his pickets along the New Market road and drove their skir-
mishers into their works, capturing some prisoners who were all of
local defense battalions. I have seen one or two of them. All is quiet.
B. F. BUTLER,
Major- General, Commanding.
I think it will be advisable to select line which can be held with
one of your corps as now composed, giving you an outlet at Deep Bot-
tom or Aiken's. The other corps could be kept on the north side as
well as elsewhere, but held ready for any emergency. The line now
held, it seems to me, would always expose you to a flank or rear attack,
and would cause the enemy to so prepare that no surprise on that side
could again be made. The strong works about Chaffin's farm should
be held or leveled. Sheridan, for want of supplies, if there should be
no other reasons, will be forced 0 fall back. The enemy may take
CITY POINT, VA., October 1, 1864.