War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0474 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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the front, near a brook that crosses the road in the rear of General Terry's division. You will leave the pickets stationed on the James River this morning, which post you will continue to picket. You will put your column in motion in time to arrive at your new position at daylight in the morning. You will report at these headquarters immediately on your arrival, for entrenching tools.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, Hatcher's, May 6, 1864-11.40 a. m.

General TURNER:

All right. Bring up your command, and after you get to this place put a picket on the river at the mouth of road leading down to it, about half a mile in front of here, and leave them behind you.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS, Hatcher's House, Va., May 6, 1864-10 a. m.

Lieutenant Colonel ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Tenth Corps:

COLONEL: I arrived with my column at this point some fifteen minutes since. My aide will show you the position I take. I have no communication with the left column. My aides have been used as orderlies. Can you send me some cavalry? There is a signal station on Jones' road, some 2 miles from here. I have sent men to capture the men there. There were two rebel pickets on this road. Nothing else of interest.

Yours, &c.,

A. AMES,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Third Division.

COBB'S HOUSE, May 6, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

The left of my line occupied its position at 8.30 a. m. I am running my line of battle toward Ware Bottom Church north 15 west from this point. I am very anxious that General Gillmore should take his place in line as soon as possible. We have met no enemy, and have heard of none. Am anxious that the artillery and entrenching tools be sent as soon as possible.

Your obedient servant,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

P. S.-Rebel signal dispatches found here show that General Pickett was in Petersburg last evening.

W. F. S.