In the Field, May 15, 1864-1.30 a. m.
(Received 7 p. m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff:
Telegram of 13th [14th] in relation to Danville railroad received. General Kautz was sent out for that purpose Thursday, May 12, also with directions to cut James River Canal, if possible. Please telegraph General Grant.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
FORT MONROE, May 15, 1864.
(Received 11 a. m.)
Brigadier General M. C. MEIGS, Quartermaster-General:
The arrival of Sheridan's command at Haxall's increases the number of animals to be foraged about 14,000. In anticipation of some emergency of this kind, I have been forwarding all the forage I could spare to Bermuda Hundred, and have enough to last five or six days. I do not know how long we shall have to forage these horses. Colonel thomas informed me that forage was abundant. I therefore request that our supply be largely increased.
BERMUDA, May 15, 1864.
General Sheridan said that he would send a force toward Richmond this morning, and if there was anything at Chaffin's farm he would chase them out. They seem confident that they can go any-where and do most anything.
C. E. FULLER,
MAY 15, 1864.
You will take the disabled horses of the command of General Sheridan and pasture them in the best grounds near Bermuda Landing.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
May 15, 1864.
Major-General BUTLER, Commanding:
GENERAL: I would like to get a little nearer to you. Let me run a line to the front and if we should have to fall back it will be but the loss of a few miles of wire. I wish to make the telegraph efficient regardless of trouble, expense, or danger.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,