War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0558 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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to detail all his able-bodied men, except, enough for camp guard, to report to-morrow morning for fatigue duty to the officer who will remain in charge of the lines in front of General Terry's position.

By command of Major General Q. A. Gillmore:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, In the Field, May 8, 1864.

Major General W. F. SMITH:

You will immediately cause to be arrested all white persons, male or female, above the age of fifteen years, within our lines, and send them to the commanding general.

By command of Major-General Butler:

R. S. DAVIS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

MAY 8, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General SMITH:

Has General Brooks returned? Please answer intelligently. Nobody has said to me whether General Brooks has or has not.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, May 8, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding Department:

GENERAL: General Brooks and his whole command returned last evening as soon as the wounded were removed. Colonel Dutton reported to you while here that General Brooks was then falling back. He has not yet received reports from all the brigades that were with him, but thinks 200 will cover his entire loss. I have received your order for the movement of to-morrow.

Respectfully, &c.,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, Bermuda Landing, Va., May 8, 1864.

Major-General SMITH:

You will take all the troops that can be spared from your line and demonstrate to the front and left upon the railroad, pushing the work on your line with those that remain with all vigor. This movement will commence to-morrow morning at daylight, and is imperative. Former order which went out last night, and upon your letter to the chief of staff, is revoked. General Gillmore has orders to make the same demonstration to the right and front upon the railroad at the same hour via Ware Bottom Church.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.