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CULPEPER, VA., MAY 1, 1864-5.10 p. m.

(Received 6.10 p. m.)

Major-General BUTLER,

Fort Monroe, Va.:

Have you received letter* from me giving date for commencing operations? If General Gillmore arrives by morning of the 3rd, those directions will be followed. Answer.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

FORT MONROE, May 1, 1864.

General SMITH:

Don's send the batteries to Newport News until you hear further, except the 20-pounder Parrott. Let it come to Fort Monroe.

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

FORT MONROE, May 1, 1864.

Major General W. F. SMITH:

The First and Second U. S. Colonel Cavalry have been ordered to report to you. Co. R. M. West, First Pennsylvania Artillery, is assigned to the immediate command of the regiments.

HENRY T. SCHROEDER,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. TROOPS AT YORKTOWN AND GLOUCESTER POINT,

Yorktown, Va., May 1, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff, Ford Monroe:

The following is from Colonel G. V. Henry, commanding brigade, Tenth Corps, at West Point, this morning:

My command lander at 10 a. m. to-day. The inhabitants say we have been expected for two or three weeks. The impassion is that 40,000 or 50,000 are to march toward White House. Am building a good dock material I have brought and desire to keep up this impassion. If not contrary to your views, would like to keep up the impression.

G. V. HENRY,

Colonel Fortieth Massachusetts Volunteers.

I have sent word to Colonel Henry that as soon as he feels his position secure be can make the reconnaissance, but not to go too far.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

POINT LOOKOUT, May 1, 1864-10.05 p. m.

Major R. S. DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fort Monroe:

MAJOR: I have information from the Potomac flotilla that a considerable force of rebel cavalry, supposed to be Fitzhugh Lee's

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* See Vol. XXXIII, p. 1009.

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