War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0038 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-10.50 p. m.

General GILLMORE:

Your dispatch dated 7.30 p. m. was received at 10.30. You had better draw in your line according to the suggestions of my dispatch of 5.30 p. m. The weakness of your works requires this and that we take no risk. You will see to it that strong working parties are kept busy upon the line during the night. Card against surprise.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864-11 p. m. (Received 11.25 p. m.)

General GILLMORE:

You will have Turner's division in the immediate rear of Ames' ready to support him in case of a possible assault by the enemy at daybreak. I think important. Acknowledge receipt.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

MAY 20, 1864-11.25 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Your dispatch of 11 p. m. received. Turner's division is bivouacked in the open field in rear of Ames', in readiness to support him. Working parties are out, and be all night.

Q. A. GILLMORE.

MAY 20, 1864-12 midnight.

Major-General Gillmore,

Commanding Tenth Corps:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your two notes of this evening. I found great difficulty in getting 600 men from the different commands to-night. These, however, are at work. They have some of them been fighting to-day. I do not know which work General Weitzel orders first, not having read his dispatch, when I found I had opened it by mistake. Is 600 enough for to-night? I think it well to ask for details from Eighteenth if we are to fight again to-morrow.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ED. W. SERRELL,

Colonel of Engineers, New York Volunteers.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, May 20, 1864.

Major General Q. A. GILLMORE,

Commanding Tenth Army Corps:

SIR: In accordance with orders from Major-General Butler, I have given the following orders to Brigadier-General Ames and