War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0280 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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engaged in movement now taking place. I will collect as many as possible at Yorktown and place them under charge of the quartermaster there, to be ready when called for.

HERMAN BIGGS,

Chief Quartermaster.

FORT MONROE, VA., May 28, 1864-5 p. m.

(Received 6 p. m.)

QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL U. S. ARMY:

All our water transportation is up James River, and I presume our troops are aboard. Sent the Helen Getty, with 2 pilots, to Captain Pitkin, and the stern-wheel General Howard to General Rucker. I will send more to General Rucker as soon as they arrive.

H. BIGGS,

Chief Quartermaster.

BERMUDA, May 28, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

Transportation for about 20,000 men is now in the river; about thirty steamers and twenty barges, all told.

C. E. FULLER,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief Quartermaster.

BERMUDA, May 28, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

I am prepared to turn over to General Smith's quartermaster water transportation for his command as soon as he is here to receive it. General Ames' division is ready to embark.

GEO. G. DODGE,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

BERMUDA, May 28, 1864.

Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

In addition to the twenty-nine steamers just reported, I have twenty-three single-deck barges and one double-deck ready for service.

GEO. G. DODGE,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

BERMUDA, May 28, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

Only one steamer reported from Washington.

By order:

GEO. G. DODGE,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.