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PART III.-VOL. XXXVI.

CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA FROM MAY 20, 1864, TO JUNE 12, 1864.*

UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

In the Field, May 20, 1864-8.30 a. m. (Received 4 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

The attempt to turn our right last evening was by Ewell's corps wholly. They were promptly repulsed by Birney's and Tyler's divisions and some of Warren's troops that were on the extreme right. About 300 prisoners fell into our hands, besides many killed and wounded. Our loss foots up little over 600 wounded and about 150 killed and missing. This is as near an accurate report as can be given at this time. Probably the killed and missing is overstated.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

May 20, 1864-7.30 p. m. (Received 12 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK:

Our casualties for yesterday foot up 196 killed, 1,090 wounded, and 249 missing. We buried nearly an equal number of rebel dead, besides what they buried or carried off, and retain 472 prisoners exclusive of wounded. Send or all new cavalry equipped as infantry, and mount veterans on their horses.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

NEAR SPOTSYLVANIA COURT-HOUSE, May 20, 1864.

Major-General HALLECK,

Washington, D. C.:

In regard to the operations is it better for General Hunter to engage in, with the disposable force at his command, I am a little in doubt. It is evident that he can move south, covering the road he has to guard, with a larger force than he can spare to be removed to re-enforce armies elsewhere. Then, too, under the instructions of General Sigel, Crook was to get through to the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, cut New River bridge, and move eastward to Lynchburg, if he could; if not, to Fincastle, Staunton, and down

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*For Correspondence, &c., from May 1 to May 19, 1864, see Part II.

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