War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0108 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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MAY 22, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

All the disposition have been made as far as circumstances will admit, but they cover in spirit the commanding general's order. The enemy probably wanted our picket-line in front of General Ames and I think they must have taken it. It is probably restored by this time.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

May 22, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

I would respectfully request that Regan's (Seventh New York) battery be either returned to duty with this corps, or also transferred to the Tenth Corps as the commanding generals may direct.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

MAY 22, 1864-7 P. M.

General WEITZEL,

Chief of Engineers, Department of Virginia, &c.,

Orders have been issued regarding the work in our front with the exception of the two redoubts. I have withdrawn all working parties on this day, Sunday, as I make the my practice when I do not consider it absolutely necessary. Besides the men require rest.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 22, 1864. (Received 12.30 a. m. 23 d.)

General BULTER:

I have sent out 7 trusty men-1 in excess of your number.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 22. In the Field, Va., May 22, 1864.

A thorough inspection of all the troops will be immediately made this a. m., and reports in a consolidated form in to these headquarters. The principal object will to find out the exact condition of the armament of the troops, the number, kind, and caliber of arms and the accouterments missing, &c. Those who may have thrown away their arms on the field or march will be brought to trial if it be possible to find any guilty of such crime.

By command of Major-General Smith:

NICOLAS BOWEN,

Lieutenant. Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.