War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0034 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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GENERAL ORDERS.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C., Numbers 65. In the Field, Va., May 20, 1864.

I. Brigadier General Godfrey Weitzel is hereby announced as chief engineer of this department and army, and will be obeyed an respected accordingly.

II. Brigadier General J. H. Martindale is hereby assigned to the command of the Second Division, Tenth [Eighteenth*] Army Corps.

By command of Major General B. F. Butler:

R. S. DAVIS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, May 20, 1864-10.35 a. m.

General GILLMORE:

The weak spot in your line is just at Ames' left. I would recommend strong reserves there.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

MAY 20, 1864-11.40 a. m.

(Received 11.43 a. m.)

General GILLMORE:

I think your skirmish line near Widow Howlett's should be reestablished. It is important, for reasons in which you concur, that line should be held. It was too easily lost.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

GILLMORE'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-12.10 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

I omitted to report that Brigadier-General Waler, of the rebel service, is wounded and a prisoners in change of my medical director.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

P. S. -Two of Turney's regiments came off picket this evening; have been fighting all day, and have been allowed to remain in camp to clean up their pieces, but are to move to front in case of firing.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 20, 1864-12.40 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

I understand from your order directing Brigadier-General Weitzel to inspect entrenchments, make suggestions, and give orders, that he is on your staff (temporarily at least). Am I correct? I would respectfully suggest that +

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

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*See Davis to Smith, May 21, p. 73

+Remainder of communication illegible.

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