Headquarters, Department of N. C. And So. Va., in the field, near Petersburg, Va., September 18th, 1864. To General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.:
General,—I have the honor to enclose herewith my report of operations o place, and, in this connection, I beg to refer to my letters to the Hon. Secretary of War of the 10th of May, and to General Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, of June 15th and 20th of July, 1863.
The forces in the First Military District onetween here and Savannah; Georgetown District would have also to be abandoned.
(See my letter of the 15th instant to General Cooper.)
Thus, on the 10th of July, 1863, I had but 5861 men, of all arms, in the First Military District, guarding the guns and mortars on the enemy's works.
Sorties to be made at night whenever practicable.
In my telegraph to you [General Cooper] of this date I mentioned the continual reinforcement of the enemy, that I had to guard three important lines of appr