The following are from the Official Records.
July 23, 1864—5.30 a. m.
Lieutenant-General Anderson :
General : General Lee directs that Major-General Kershaw, with
his division, proceed at once to Chaffin’s Bluff, on the north side of
James River. He will cross at the [pontoon] bridge at Chaffin’s. Let him send a staff officer to Colonel Corley to see if any troops can be carried by rail. Colonel Corley has been directed to make arrangements for this if practicable. Let there be no unnecessary delay.
W. H. TAYLOR,
[General Lee] says let the troops move by a route so as not to be
observed by the enemy, and as rapidly as possible without injury to them.
W. H. T
Hdqrs. Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina
In the Field, July 25, 1864.
Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant, City Point:
The following dispatch has just been received from General Foster
at Deep Bottom:
Two prisoners just captured from Humphreys’ (Mississippi) brigade, of Kershaw’s, formerly McLaws’, division, report their division came to this place Saturday night (July 23).
It consists of two Georgia brigades, one South Carolina brigade, and one Mississippi brigade, thus making seven brigades in my front. I have stirred them up, if nothing more. They came from Petersburg, they say, A. P. Hill having relieved Kershaw today of command of all the forces here.
(Copy for General Meade.)
Headquarters Tenth Army Corps,
July 25, 1864.
General Weitzel, Chief of Staff:
General Foster has captured an orderly of Captain Cochran, Seventeenth Mississippi, who reports two Mississippi regiments advancing toward my pickets on the lower side of Four-Mile Creek. I have strengthened the line. A telegram just received reports heavy firing on picket-line below Four-Mile Creek.
D. B. BIRNEY,