w as rapidly as practicable, by the Dover road, and will be followed by the troops from Fort Heiman, as fast as they can be ferried across the river.
One brigade of the second division should be thrown into Dover to cut off all retreat by the river, if found practicable to do so.
The force of the enemy being so variously reported, it is impossible to give exact details of attack, but the necessary orders will be given on the field.
By order of Brig.-Gen. U. S. Grant Commanding. Joshua Rawlins, A. A. G.
The army being well started, Gen. Grant and staff left their headquarters on the steamer Uncle Sam, about ten o'clock, and followed rapidly after a division which had taken the ridge or more southerly route.
The roads, after once getting beyond the low grounds in the immediate vicinity of the Fort, were admirable.
The sandy soil had soon absorbed the great amount of rain which had fallen a few evenings previously, and which had so retarded the advance of our army on Fort