War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0179 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, May 24, 1864-7.50 a.m.

Major-General GILLMORE:

The commanding general directs me to ask you how the discrepancy of nearly 2,000 men arises between your estimate of troops and the regular tri-monthly return?

R. S. DAVIS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

GILLMORE'S, May 24, 1864-10.15 a.m.

Major R. S. DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The statement called for was an approximate estimate of the effective force of my command. In answer I sent the number present for duty equipped. By referring to the columns in the tri-monthly bearing this heading it will be found that if any discrepancy exists it is insignificant.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, May 24, 1864-9.45 a.m.

Colonel SERRELL,

First New York Volunteer Engineers:

Your proposed plan for the modification of the line is approved.

You can commence work on it at once.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Engineers.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, May 24, 1864-10.05 a.m.

General GILLMORE:

No further details for night work have been ordered.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, May 24, 1864-4.40 p.m.

Major-General GILLMORE:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you detail one regiment, with its arms, to take position during this night at the new redoubt in front of Battery No. 3, No. 3, and that you renew this guard every night until the redoubt is fully armed and garrisoned. The orders of the guard will be to hold against any attempts on part of the enemy to take it.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General.