O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XLVI/2 [S# 96]

UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN AND SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA (JANUARY 1-31), WEST VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, AND PENNSYLVANIA, FROM JANUARY 1, 1865, TO MARCH 15, 1865.--#37

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,
March 9, 1865. (Received 2.40 p.m.)

General RAWLINS:

Refugee from Richmond, lately released from Castle Thunder and deserted from Camp Lee, left Richmond last night. Says that Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday detachments of troops were moving through the city. Report was that Sheridan's cavalry had cut the aqueduct at Dover Mills and destroyed twelve or fifteen loaded boats. Some of the troops, among them Wickham's dismounted cavalry, went toward Dover Mills; some went toward Hanover Junction. Detachments of troops are being picked up and sent to various points. Heard one party of Sheridan's cavalry was going to Louisa Court-House. There was also a report three days ago in Richmond that Generals Sherman and Schofield had formed a junction. These reports were principally street rumors, except the movement of cavalry westward.

E. O. C. ORD,
Major-general.

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