War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0260 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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PORT ROYAL, May 27, 1864-7 p. m.

(Received 8 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK:

Transportation is ready for five of the six batteries of the Reserve Artillery of the Ninth Corps to Washington. Shall I send the officers, men, and horses with the guns which start to-morrow? As I keep a small force for the protection of the depot, I shall detain one of the batteries.

J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 27, 1864-10.20 p. m.

Brigadier-General ABERCROMBIE,

Port Royal:

Send back to Army of the Potomac all artillery horses fit for duty. Officers, men, and guns of Reserve Artillery not required for defense of depot at Port Royal will be sent to Washington.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

Port Royal, May 27, 1864.

MILITARY GOVERNOR OF FREDERICKSBURG:

Advise me immediately when Fredericksburg is abandoned; also, when the troops have started for this place. Do this immediately, as we expect the line to be cut every moment.

J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

MAY 27, 1864.

General AUGUR:

Send a regiment of Ohio militia to Point Lookout to report there to commanding officer. Send me a memorandum of troops send forward to Fredericksburg and Port Royal since may 4, the date of General Grant's crossing of the Rapidan.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT MARY'S DISTRICT,

Point Lookout, May 27, 1864.

Major R. S. DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fort Monroe, Va.:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that, in accordance with instructions from the War Department, telegraphed May 25, 1864, eight companies of the Twentieth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George A. Washburne, numbering