In the Field, near Bermuda Hundred, Va.,
May 26, 1864-8.30 p.m. (Received 10 a.m. 27th.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:
Telegram of 10 a.m. to-day received. Orders were already given this morning to put, say, 17,000 infantry in condition to move at once, leaving what may be sufficient only, in the judgment of myself and officers, to hold the line of defenses between the James and Appomattox, near Point of Rocks, which is our defensive line. You say "hold the line of the James to City Point."Is it intended to abandon this line and retire to City Point? This will be a work of time to save material and men. General Meigs can explain the difference. At all events send transportation which has been ordered to Washington.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
MAY 26, 1864-9 p.m.
Send me all the transportation you can to Bermuda Hundred, and telegraph what is coming.
B. F. BUTLER,
BERMUDA, May 26, 1864.
Have here and in adjacent waters that can be in a few hours called in, transportation as follows: Steamers, Metamora, capacity for 600 men: John Disney, capacity, 600 men; Star, 800 men; Thomas Powell, 1,000 men; Montauk, 400 men; New York, 300 men; J. Johnson, 400 men; Jerome, 250 men; Pioneer, 500 men; Eagle Numbers 1, 700 men; Eagle, Numbers 2,700 men; C. W. Thomas, 300 men. This does not include the three dispatch boats, Greyhound, Eliza Hancox, and A. Winants.
GEO. S. DODGE,
Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C., Numbers 70.
In the Field, May 26, 1864.
Colonel Garrard's cavalry will relieve Colonel Pond's regiment, the Sixty-second Ohio, as provost guard at Bermuda Landing. Colonel Garrard will have command at that post. Colonel Pond will report immediately at the front with his regiment, and himself report at these headquarters for orders. Colonel Garrard will dismount his men and put his horses in the most favorable places to be cared for by a few men, for the purpose of depasturing and recruitment. General Kautz will dismount his men, leave his horses in the most convenient places, in charge of as few men as possible, for the purpose of depasturing and recruitment, and will report at these headquarters for assignment to position on the line. Colonel Cole will dismount his men, and report at these headquarters for duty on