War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0265 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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line so far as to include Battery Numbers 2, and a third of the space on the left of it to the Central road, and if the general should deem it absolutely necessary, I would accept the whole right as far as to the Central road, and then be able to furnish daily one regiment for picket duty and one regiment for fatigue. Soon as the general shall determine what portion of the line is to be defended by the Third Brigade, I will immediately encamp my regiments accordingly.

I have the honor to be, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. M PLAISTED,

Colonel Eleventh Maine Vols. Commanding Third Brigade.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., May 27, 1864.

Colonels ALFORD and BARTON:

COLONEL: The brigadier-general commanding directs that you immediately get your command in readiness to move this p. m.

Very respectfully, &c.,

P. A. DAVIS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 27, 1864.

(Via Fort Monroe. Received 9.15 p. m.)

General M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General:

General Smith desires me to ask that 3,000 axes and 4,000 handles, 3,000 spades or shovels, and 600 picks and 750 handles be sent to Yorktown, subject to my order, as soon as possible.

W. W. VAN NESS,

Acting Chief Quartermaster.

CHIEF QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE,

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

Fort Monroe, May 27, 1864.

Major General W. F. SMITH,

Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps:

SIR: Agreeably to your request, I called yesterday on Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, Ninth New Jersey Volunteers, and Captain Lawrence, Ninth New Jersey Volunteers. I found Captain Lawrence too weak to tell me anything coherently. Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart avers that early in the morning, before the general attack was made, the enemy made two cavalry attacks, and then dismounted to try it again, but he was not certain that they made the third attempt. The first two attacks were handsomely repulsed. Colonel Steward reported each time to General Heckman.

Very respectfully, &c.,

F. U. FARQUHAR,

Captain, U. S. Engineers.