War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0037 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS, DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, Va., May 20, 1864-5.30 p. m.

General GILLMORE:

If with the force you have you have been unable to force your line back, I think it may cost too much risk to attempt it farther with the force which can be sent from General Smith's line. Can you hold what you have? Are the enemy pressing you if you retire?

BENJ.. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-8 p. m.

Major-General GILLMORE:

The commanding general desires that you charge your division commanders to make all preparations against surprise to-night.

J. W. SHARRER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

GENERAL SAMITH'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-8.05 p. m.

General GILLMORE:

The gun-boats would assist you much, if you would order General Terry to slash down that ravine on his right at once.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Major-General GILLMORE:

Colonel Abbot, First Connecticut Artillery, reports that a 30-pounder Parrott is stuck in the mud about 1 mile below your headquarters, Please detail sufficient men to haul it to the desired position.

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

GILLMORE'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

Your dispatch relieve to extricating the 30-pounder gun is received. All my men have fought or worked all day, or will work all night. I would suggest that the detail be made from some other force. Please answer.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.