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get from him his report taht he made to General Heckman about the massing of troops during the night preceding, and also to attest to the attacked on the force in the building on our right.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 23, 1864.

Colonel H. BIGGS:

For God's sake get my regiment mounted; it is dismounted for no offense.

W. HOWARD KING,

Surgeon Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry.

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 23, 1864.

Colonel H. BIGGS:

Have the general to request that Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, to which I am attached, be ordered to your command. Colonel W. H. Boyd commands. For his character refereed to General W. F. Smith.

W. HOWARD KING.

Surgeon Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

North Anna, May 23, 1864-8 a. m. (Received 5.30 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

The enemy have fallen back from North Anna; we are in pursuit. Negroes who have come in state that Lee is falling back to Richmond. If this is the case, Butler's forces will all be wanted where they are. Notifity him to hold Smith in readiness to be moved, but to await further orders. I will probably know to-day if the enemy intends standing behind South Anna.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

WASHINGTON, May 24, 1864-8.20 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

In the Field:

When I received your telegram of 8 a. m. yesterday, * I had pared orders to General Smith to join you with 20,000 men. General Butler is now ordered to hold him in readiness to move. I wish everything was away from the south side of the James and with you. It would be much better. I do not like these divided commanders, with the enemy intervening. I would rather use them altogether under your own eye.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

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* Reference is probably to Grant's dispatch of 8 p. m. 22nd, received by Halleck, 8 a. m. 23d. See p 77.

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