War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0070 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, May 21, 1864-4.30 p. m.

Major-General GILLMORE:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you place a picket reserve of about 60 men in front of the west face of the new redoubt, in front of Ames' left. The officer commanding this picket reserve will throw some of his men into the woods in advance and communicate with Captain Pride, First Connecticut Heavy Artillery, commanding the garrison of the redoubt; also, that you will direct your engineers to complete as strong abatis around that redoubt at once, continuing the work all night until completed.

Very respectfully,

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Engineers.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Trenches, May 21, 1864-9 p. m.

Major-General GILLMORE:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that I have inspected the advance battery in front of General Ames' position, and find that it will be essentially compelled, abatis and all, in about an hour. They have but 50 rounds of ammunition to each gun. I find General Ames relieved from work in the trenches, and have made requisition on General Turner for 600 men.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWARD W. SERRELL,

Colonel of Engineers, New York Volunteers.

On the right, 480 at work.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, May 21, 1864-9.06 p. m.

Colonel SHAFFER:

General Ames report troops massing in the woods in front of the right of his picket-line. I have ordered him to strengthen his pickets there.

Very respectfully,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, May 21, 1864-9.12 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding Department:

GENERAL: If the enemy make an assault on our works it will be in Ames' front, and I would respectfully suggest that a reserve force from the extreme left of the line be moved to Ames' support every morning at 3.30, to return to their own position after sunrise.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.