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of infantry at the point, as above stated. The pieces of artillery they have cover the point at which our forces crossed day before yesterday.

CHARLES L. DAVIS,

Captain, Signal Corps, U. S. Army.

MAY 11, 1864-10.15 a. m.

Captain FISHER:

The enemy are throwing up protections for two guns on the position indicated in my dispatch of 9.25 this a. m. They can also be seen carrying materials for a work into the woods out of reach of our glasses. Two guns can now be seen.

HILL,

Captain and Signal Officer.

MAY 11, 1864-5.30 p. m.

Captain TAYLOR:

The guns that were in position opposite this point have disappeared.

I. THICKSTUN,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, D. C., Army 11, 1864.

Brigadier General H. W. BENHAM,

Commanding Engineer Brigade, Fredericksburg, Va.:

GENERAL: You will aid the Quartermaster's Department in every way you can by establishing floating wharves at Belle Plain with any surplus pontoons you may have, using barges for the wharf-heads.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

BELLE PLAIN, May 11, 1864-10 a. m.

Captain CHANNING CLAPP,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to report that I arrived here this morning at 4.30 o'clock, and immediately ran the steamer and barges alongside of the dock, when I received the following order:

MAY 11, 1864.

Captain T. LUBEY:

CAPTAIN: The pontoon bridge will not be unloaded until after 100 teams are loaded with forage and sent to the front.

By command of General Ingalls:

J. E. JONES,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

As it will take all day to-day and to-morrow to load up 100 teams, I am now building a bridge from the shore, to enable me to run the barges alongside to unload; but I will have to build 300 feet from the shore before I come to water deep enough to float the barges. The