May 15, 1864-3 p.m.
You will turn over all your disabled and unserviceable horses to the quartermaster at Bermuda Landing, by him to be turned out to graze in the neighborhood there for the purpose of recruitment. You will at once make all the necessary requisitions upon the quartermaster, commissary, and ordnance officer, to the end that we may sent to Fort Monroe for supplies.
B. F. BUTLER,
MAY 15, 1864.
Chief of Cavalry:
You will report to General Sheridan. He will put under your charge such cavalry force as you may need with which to cover the banks for torpedo workers, as far up as possible.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 15, 1864.
Commanding Second Cavalry Division:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires me to inform you that he will be away this a. m. to visit General Butler.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. F. HAYDEN,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
Washington, D. C., May 15, 1864.
Commanding Belle Plain:
You will afford every facility to Captain Collins, of the Veteran Reserve Corp, specially detailed at Belle Plain to the duty of receiving and transmitting dispatches between this Department and Army of the Potomac. You will yourself report by telegraph to this Department at 8 a. m. and 8 p. m., specifically stating the operations within your command.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
BELLE PLAIN, May 15, 1864.
(Received 9 a. m. 16th.)
Hon E. M. STANTON:
SIR: Your telegram received at 3.30 p. m. to-day. Every facility will be afforded Captain Collins-two messengers, one at 6 a. m. and one at 12 m., for the army general headquarters daily. Every effort is making to get the telegraph done to the point to-night.