War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0238 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 26, 1864-6.45 p.m.

General GILLMORE:

The order should have been numbered 62. It is the order of May 20, as to disposition of troops and the line of skirmishers, and case of attack on the entrenchments.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

GILLMORE'S,

May 26, 1864-8.20 p.m.

Major-General BUTLER:

The necessary orders for General Terry to encamp on ground now occupied by General Ames before going, have been issued.

Your obedient servant,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

GILLMORE'S,

May 26, 1864-8.55 p.m.

Major-General BUTLER:

I want a couple of miles or more of telegraph wire for entanglements in my front. Can it be had?

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

In the Field, May 26, 1864.

General GILLMORE:

I see by an article in the New York Herald, said to be derived from authentic sources, that General Gillmore [proposed] to make his position secure by entrenchments against sorties or any movements of the enemy to oust us from them, when before Fort Darling, and that I answered that I could not pause for defensive preparations. This is the first I ever heard of this. Did you or do you authorize it? Please answer and correct an injustice.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, near Hatcher's, Va., May 26, 1864.

Brigadier General A. H. TERRY,

Commanding First Division, Tenth Corps:

GENERAL: By direction of the major-general commanding, I have the honor to inclose copy* of a telegram received from department headquarters, and to direct that the orders therein contained be promptly carried out. Brigadier-General Ames has been instructed to confer with you in relation thereto. The major-general commanding directs that you immediately relieve the pickets of General Ames according to the instructions from department headquarters, forwarded to you to-day, and that the officers to be relieved, and the

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*See Butler to Gillmore, 6.15 p.m., p. 237.

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