War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0032 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-1 p. m.

General Weitzel is serving as chief engineer in absence, by sickness, of Captain Farquhar, and his orders will be mine and will be given in my name.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

MAY 20, 1864-1 p. m.

General Weitzel will please give all orders in relation to engineering operations, or other than orders to his own division, in the form following, to save all questions: "By command of Major-General Butler: G. Weitzel, brigadier-general."

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

You had better send to see that Gillmore is busily at work to-night.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-11 p. m.

General BUTLER:

Be sure and have Turner near Ames at daybreak to meet an assault.

G. WEITZEL.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C.

Numbers 62. In the Field, Va., May 20, 1864.

The dispositions following will at once be made to resist an attack upon our lines:

I. Eighteenth Army Corps, Major-General Smith commanding:

General Martindale's division: One regiment of the First Brigade will hold the line of works in front of the brigade. The remaining regiments of the brigade will act as division reserve, and be posted in rear of the left of the division. Two regiments of the Second Brigade will hold the line of works in front of the brigade. The remaining regiments of the brigade will act as reserve to General Brook's line, and will move, in case of an attack, to the rear of the center of that division. The picket-line of this division, when driven in, will deploy as skirmishers under cover of the counterscarp