War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0392 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

Fort Monroe, May 4, 1864.

At the request of the French consul, Monsieur Paul, permission is given for the French ship of war Tisiphone, and the English ship Bidwell, under French charter, to proceed to City Point, if Monsieur Paul so desires, for the purpose of clearing the tobacco already shipped, leaving Fortress Monroe on the 6th instant.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

FORT MONROE, VA., May 4, 1864.

Major-General GILLMORE,

Gloucester Point:

Having waited for your army corps from Port Royal I am not a little surprised at waiting for you here. Push everything forward.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

FORT MONROE, VA., May 4, 1864.

Major-General GILLMORE.

Commanding Tenth Army Corps, Gloucester Point:

How do you proceed in the embarkation?

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 4, 1864 - 10.30 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Your dispatches are received. The troops are about all embarked and everything is going on as well as possible. The last of them will start soon.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, VA., May 4, 1864.

Major-General GILLMORE,

Gloucester Point:

How do you succeed in embarking? Are you all ready? If so, push off your divisions in the order you mean they shall land.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 4, 1864 - 12 midnight.

Major-General BUTLER:

Two divisions have started. The miserable conveniences for embarking troops have been a cause of great delay. No greater speed could have been made under the circumstances.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.