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an twenty thousand men — to operate on the south side of James River, Richmond being your objective point.
To the force you already have will be added about ten thousand men from South Carolina, under Major-General Gillmore, who will command them in person.
Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith is ordered to report to you, to command the troops sent into the field from your own department.
General Gillmore will be ordered to report to you at Fortress Monroe, with all the troops on transports, by the 18th instant, or as soon thereafter as practicable.
Should you not receive notice by that time to move, you will make such disposition of them and your other forces as you may deem best calculated to deceive the enemy as to the real move to be made.
When you are notified to move, take City Point with as much force as possible.
Fortify, or, rather, intrench at once, and concentrate all your troops for the field there as rapidly as you can. From City Point directions cannot be given at this time fo