War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0804 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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BERMUDA, May 15, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER:

Steamer Webster has arrived from Alexandria with Fifth Massachusetts Regiment of colored cavalry (dismounted). Shall they disembark here, or be sent to City Point to report to General Hinks?

GEO. S. DODGE,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, may 15, 1864-9.12 a. m.

Major General B. F. BUTLER, Commanding Department:

GENERAL: The earth-work on the enemy's right to our left of the railroad, on which they were at work yesterday, has been occupied by artillery within the last hour. Cavalry has also been seen moving to our left.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

May 15, 1864.

Major General Q. A. GILLMORE,

Commanding Tenth Army Corps:

SIR: The general commanding desires that your order a portion of the engineer troops to the front for the purpose of making fascines and doing other duties pertaining to engineer operations. The general desires that this may be done with the greatest dispatch.

With much respect, I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,

F. U. FARQUHAR,

Captain, U. S. Engineers.

GILLMORE'S SIGNAL STATION,

May 15, 1864-9.49 a. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

I have ordered that the advanced lines of Terry's and Turner's division be somewhat reduced in strength by gradually withdrawing some of the men to save unnecessary loss of life. I shall not change the position of any regiment. I have ordered some of Onderdonk's cavalry to go out on the Chesterfield Court-House road as far as possible. My loss in Terry's division yesterday and day before, and Turner's yesterday, will reach 700.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, May 15, 1864-10.25 a. m.

Major-General BUTLER, Commanding in the Field:

From a man whom worked on the fortifications in our front, as well as those we have taken, I learn that the most formidable line of