War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0180 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS, May 24, 1864.

General BUTLER:

I would respectfully suggest that a general order be immediately issued by you to the effect that whenever a fatigue be ordered the officers in the detail are to be strictly responsible for the work done or for the tools under their charge, and whenever found and reported for neglect of this duty they be summarily dismissed the service of the United States,

Respectfully,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

Major-General SMITH:

The commanding general directs that you dismount Cole's cavalry and send them at once to City Point, with their howitzers. The troops from City Point have been sent to Wilson's Wharf, that post being vigorously attacked this evening. Have them take plenty of ammunition. I have ordered boats to upper wharf. If you think best, send with them a section of battery.

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, May 1864.

Colonel COLE,

U. S. Colored Cavalry:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you dismount your regiment and prepare to go to City Point at once, in light marching order, with one day's rations. Boats will be in readiness at upper wharf. You will take your howitzers. Take 60 rounds of ammunition. If you have not sufficient ammunition report immediately. Leave usual guard for horses and camp.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. BOWEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, No. 30. In the Field, Va., May 24, 1864.

I. When ambulances are required to carry away sick men from their regiments to the corps hospital or elsewhere, a written request made by the senior medical officer of the regiment, countersigned by his regimental commander, will be recognized by the lieutenant in charge of the division ambulances and the ambulance furnished.

II. Chief of ambulances sent on special application to any regiment while the army is encamped; the time of the departure of the ambu-