ker, of Texas troops. General Sheridan is at White House, and has sent for a pontoon bridge, which I have forwarded him. Have also sent one of my army gun-boats with launches up the Rappahannock, as requested.
B. F. BUTLER,
WASHINGTON, May 20, 1864-10.30 a. m.
The Rappahannock has been scoured by the navy. Gun-boats are at Fredericksburg. To-morrow morning a fleet of supplies and for transportation of wounded will attempt to ascend the river. Can you send some of your Ward or other gun-boats, with orders to protect the fleet, and to scour the river for boats, and prevent the planting of torpedoes?
M. C. MEIGS,
IN THE FIELD, May 20, 1864-9 p. m.
(Received 8 a. m. 21st.)
Dispatch received. I have sent the Burnside, tow launches, and 60 men to aid in scouring the River Rappahannock. She will be there in twenty-four hours.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
MAY 20, 1864-12.45 p. m.
Rear-Admiral S. P. LEE:
ADMIRAL: Your dispatch received. I should be happy to meet you at Bermuda Landing with an ambulance to bring you to my headquarters for conference. Will you do me the honor to ride up and lunch with me?
B. F. BUTLER,
FLAG-SHIP, May 20, 1864-3 p. m.
Dispatch received 3 p. m. Have not time to visit you and return to Farrar's Island. Will take another opportunity unless you can ride over there.
S. P. LEE,
FORT MONROE, VA., May 20, 1864-6 p. m.
(Received 6.50 p. m.)
QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL OF THE ARMY:
Your dispatch received. General Sheridan's command is at the White House; wants pontoon train, rations and forage. Train is