War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0646 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA., May 11, 1864.

(Received 11.10 a. m.)

Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

The men for Army of the Potomac, going to Belle Plain, are now embarking. There will be about 3,400.

C. C. AUGUR,

Major-General.

ALEXANDRIA, VA., May 11, 1864.

(Received 12.45 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

Transportation is ready here for the First Connecticut (Abbot's) Regiment; do you wish them to go to-day? If so, please send the order to Colonel Taylor at my headquarters, who will see to its execution. If it is not to go to-day could not this transportation be used for taking the cavalry to Belle Plain?

C. C. AUGUR,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 11, 1864-1.45 p. m.

Major-General AUGUR,

Alexandria, VA.:

The First Connecticut must go immediately. I do not understand why the order has been delayed.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

Belle Plain, Va., May 11, 1864.

Colonel E. SCHRIVER,

Commanding at Fredericksburg, Va.:

COLONEL: I send an important dispatch for General Grant from the War Department by 2 different messengers. As they arrive please send them forward without delay, and separately and safely.

J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, May 11, 1864-11.10 p. m.

(Received 9.14 a. m. 12th.)

Major-General BUTLER:

Dispatches from General Grant just received. The two armies are still at Spotsylvania Court-House, where the rebels are making a desperate stand. There have been two days' hard fighting without any material advantage to either side, but General Grant considers himself the gainer. He is looking with great interest for the results of your operations.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.