War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0592 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, May 9, 1864-9.05 a.m.

Brigadier-General TERRY:

General Ames is destroying the road. General Turner has turned in at Winfree's. You are expected to support Turner, striking the railroad as soon as possible and destroying it. Osborn has been ordered to join you.

By command of Major-General Gillmore:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS, May 9, 1864-8.33 a.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: For about half an hour I have had my engineer companies on the railroad destroying it. I have a number of fires going for the destruction of the rails as directed. I have just heard a few shots by the pickets on the other side of the track. My officers report 100 or 200 yards of the road destroyed.

Yours, &c.,

A. AMES,

Brigadier-General.

P. S. A civilian taken reports no troops [rebels] north of here and south of Drewry's Bluff.

A. AMES,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS, May 9, 1864-11.30 a.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Tenth Army Corps:

COLONEL: The head of my column is near the junction of the pike and railroad. The troops of the Eighteenth Army Corps [General Weitzel's column] are filing over the railroad.

Yours, &c.,

A. AMES,

Brigadier-General.