War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0743 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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SMITH'S SIGNAL STATION,

May 13, 1864-2.15 a.m.

General BUTLER:

General Turner was ordered to leave two regiments at the point indicated. The regiments now behind you should move up to the first cross-roads.

SMITH,

General.

MAY 13, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

I have only 150 colored cavalry, and they are on picket. General Turner has reported to me that it is utterly impossible to communicate with General Gillmore without going back across Proctor's Creek. Shall I send them?

Respectfully, &c.,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding. MAY 13, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: My commissary had already made arrangements to supply General Turner, but General Turner's own wagons are now up, so it is all right. Respectfully,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

P. S.-The rebels have not yet left my front.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 13, 1864.

Brigadier-General TURNER:

GENERAL: General Smith directs that you leave two regiments to hold the cross-roads and move with the rest of your force to support the troops at the Half-Way House on the turnpike.

Respectfully,

A. H. DUTTON,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

MAY 13, 1864.

Brigadier-General TURNER:

The general commanding Eighteenth Corps desires you to take your whole command, excepting the two regiments that General Brooks now has, and march in the direction of the firing. You will keep on the north side of Proctor's Creek. Please turn over the two regiments while you are away back again to General Brooks.

Respectfully, &c.,

N. BOWEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.