that he may have to give daily? I think some 20 or 30 pounder Parrotts should be put in Hinks' fort at once particularly if the bridge is ready to be thrown over, as we could then protect them, and they would completely sweep my left flank across the ravine and cover any movement in that direction.
WM. F. SMITH,
SMITH'S, May 25, 1864.
A reconnaissance by Colonel Dutton, for nearly a mile across the ravine in front of General Brooks, found not even a cavalry picket. I have ordered General Martindale to feel very delicately at daylight until he comes up to infantry pickets. Perhaps the enemy may be found in much less force in front of the Tenth Corps. I have been hard at work at the bridge across to Port Walthall, and shall be ready by the time Martindale comes in to throw over any amount of troops (so far as roadway is concerned) to make an advance, if you should deem it advisable. I can see nothing of works in my front, either from Port Walthall or from Colonel Duncan's position, which I visited this p.m., for the purpose of finding out if anything was visible there.
WM. F. SMITH,
May 25, 1864.
The commanding general directs that inasmuch as the necessity that caused the dismounting of Cole's cavalry no longer exists, that your order the men back to their regiment to-morrow.
J. W. SHAFFER,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
MAY 25, 1864. (Received 9.30 p.m.)
City Point, Va.:
You will report with your whole command at your old camp. Steamer Johnson will be sent for you to-morrow at daylight. You will have to make several trips.
By command of Major-General Smith:
MAY 25, 1864.
Commanding Second Division:
GENERAL: The general commanding directs that your order a section of Belger's battery to cover the causeway over the ravine. The battery will be finished to-morrow. The other section and Regan's