War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0825 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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across the bridge at Smith's Mill, 1 1/2 miles. They fell in with a regiment of cavalry and one piece of artillery, which they used on our men and then retreated. No infantry was to been.

J. HAMMOND,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Fifth Regiment.

MAY 16, 1864.

General BURNSIDE:

I have official notice that up to yesterday 24, 700 men had sailed and were ready to sail from Washington to re-enforce this army. This number is exclusive of about 3,000 for the garrison of Belle Plain. Butler had carried the outer works at Fort Darling. Sheridan has cut both railroads leading from Richmond; had whipped Stuart's cavalry, and had carried the outer works at Richmond, besides whipping the infantry sent out the drive him away; thinks he cold have gone into the city, but not knowing our operations, nor those of Butler, did not know that he could stay; therefore went on in pursuance of his orders. Crook has cut the New River bridge, and destroyed all the stores at Dublin. I am in hopes he is now in Lynchburg. Sherman flanked the enemy, and drove him ut of Dalton. He was south and southwest of Johnston at 8 p. m. the 14th, and intended to attack him at all pints yesterday.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

May 16, 1864.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Thanks for your dispatch, and congratulate you upon your glorious successes. We will do everything possible to arrange this line so as to hold it with one corps. If everything remains quiet, I should like to visit your headquarters this p. m.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

May 16, 1864.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

We have been making some reconnaissance this morning in our front. If not inconsistent with your plans, I propose to find the position of the enemy with artillery, and feel him with small columns of attack.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

May 16, 1864.

General BURNSIDE:

Your dispatch of this date just received. You are authorized to make the reconnaissance you suggest. I see no objections to your visiting these headquarters this p. m.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.