War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0287 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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coming, your destination will be exactly known by the rebels the moment you start. Indeed they have therefore predicted it in their newspapers.

I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 28, 1864.

Major-General SMITH:

Would it not be better to send Onderdonk's cavalry, or a portion of it, who are still mounted, instead of Cole's, to assist General Hinks int he picket duty?

BUTLER,

Major-General.

MAY 28, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding Department of Virginia and North Carolina:

GENERAL: I think it would be better to send a portion of Colonel Onderdonk's command, mounted, to assist General Hinks in his picket duty.

Respectfully, &c.,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

FLAG-SHIP SIGNAL STATION,

May 28, 1864-8.30 p. m. (Received 9.07 p. m.)

Major-General SMITH:

There are only two gun-boats at Yorktown. Only one could get up, if there are no torpedoes to prevent. The Morse was lately there and will aid you if you wish.

LEE,

Admiral.

FLAG-SHIP SIGNAL STATION,

May 28, 1864-10.30 p. m.

Major-General SMITH:

Your message to-night is the first official notice I had of your movement. I have just ordered one gun-boat and two armed tugs to join Captain Babcock at Yorktown.

LEE,

Admiral.

HEADQUARTERS HINKS' DIVISION,

City Point, Va., May 28, 1864.

Major General B. F. BUTLER,

Commanding Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, in the Field:

GENERAL; It is reported that on Sunday, the 22nd instant, 2 men of the Twenty-second U. S. Colored Infantry, who were captured