War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0142 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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GILLMORE'S, May 23, 1864.

Major DAVIS:

The tri-monthly return of the Tenth Corps, due on the 20th, will be sent in to-day. The delay was in consequence of division returns having to be returned for correction of errors traceable to the almost incessant labor to which officers and men have been subjected recently by the frequent movement to the command.

Very respectfully,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-general.

GILLMORE'S, May 23, 1864-9.5 p. m.

General BUTLER:

Major Trumbell, First Connecticut Artillery, reports that from a lookout on tree on our line, no guns can be seen on the battery on our left with opened on us at 11 to-day, neither are there any troops but picket to be seen-no tents. No work going on as far along their line as the open space in our front extends.

GILLMORE,

General.

GILLMORE'S, May 23, 1864-10.04 p. m.

General BUTLER:

I would like to make a reconnaissance to-night if you have no objections.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., May 23, 1864-12.30 p. m.

Captain SEALY,

Acting Assistant-General.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that in addition to the details received by me to-night at 6 o'clock, there are at work on the line of the entrenchments about 300 or 400 men. The commanding officers assure me that the men drop down in their tracks, and cannot work any more.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ED. W. SERRELL,

Colonel of Engineers, New York Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

Hatcher's Va., May 23, 1864-10.20 p. m.

Generals TERRY and AMES:

It is suspected that the enemy is diminishing his force. You will cautiously shove out your pickets exactly at 11 o'clock this p. m., until you develop his picket-line.

By order of Major-General Gillmore:

ISRAEL R. SEALY,

Captain, 47th New York Vols., Actg. Asst. Adjt. General