War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0040 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Bermuda Hundred, Va., May 20, 1864.

Colonel H. R. GUSS,

First Brigade,

Colonel DRAKE,

Second Brigade:

COLONEL: Information having been received at corps headquarters that a surprise on the part of the enemy is anticipated, the general commanding directs me to instruct you to have your command well in hand to prevent the success of an attack. Especial vigilance will be exercised by the troops in the line of entrenchments, and one or more officers will constantly be on guard to give the alarm should the enemy make his appearance with a view to an assault.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. A. CORLETON,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864.

Major-General SMITH:

General Butler desires to know the cause of heavy firing on your left.

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864.

General BUTLER:

I think the gun-boats fired one or two shots; no firing now. All quiet.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

MAY 20, 1864.

General SMITH:

Keep your brigades in readiness until further orders.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

May 20, 1864.

Major-General SMITH:

The brigades ordered to Gillmore will not be wanted. General Butler wishes that you would charge your division commanders to make every provision against surprise to-night.

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.