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place with him 4 boats, with all the necessary appurtenances, 14 claw banks, 120 cheeses, and all his wagons and transportation. Major Brainerd will report to Lieutenant-Colonel Spaulding.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 13, 1864.

Brigadier General H. W. BENHAM,

Commanding Engineer Brigade:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you at once relieve by troops of your command the engineer troops now guarding the pontoon bridge at Fredericksburg, and order that detachment to report to the commander of the Second Corps with the least practicable delay. The bridge at Fredericksburg will remain there for the present.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BELLE PLAIN, VA.,

Friday Evening, May 13, 1864.

Captain C. CLAPP,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: Please send me immediately axes, shovels, picks, and carpenters' tools. The quartermaster's department wants another dock made, but I have no pontoons or material to built it. Can you send me some? I should also like, if possible, more men, as my detail is too small to do half the work that is to be done. I do my best, and the men work night and day.

Respectfully,

TIMOTHY LUBEY

Captain, Fifteenth New York Volunteer Engineers.

DEVEREUX STATION,

May 13, 1864. (Received 11.45.)

General H. W. BENHAM:

We were ordered back; be in Washington 12 o'clock. Please send detail to unload. My men are worn out.

H. V. SLOSSON.