SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS, May 21, 1864.
Will send you word the moment the division commanders report their troops in position.
WM. F. SMITH,
HDQRS. EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., May 21, 1864.
I. The general commanding orders that commanders will in no wise change their corps to low or marshy ground.
II. During the existence of the order from department headquarters requiring troops of this command to be under arms at 3.30 a. m., a ration of whisky and quinine, or coffee if preferred, will be issued to them.
By command of Major-General Smith:
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
MAY 21, 1864-8.40 a. m.
You will please have Lieutenant Hanson's section of the Third New York Artillery at the wharf ready to embark at 10.30 this a. m.
MAY 21, 1864-10 a. m.
Disembark the artillery from the Mattano and embark Lieutenant Hanson's section immediately.
MAY 21, 1864-5 p. m.
Fort Powhatan is attacked. Can you let me have a steamer to carry down 600 men immediately? Answer immediately.
MAY 21, 1864. (Received 5.15 p. m.)
The boat will be sent at once.