War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0318 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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howitzers. In reserve there are eighteen 3-inch ordnance guns, four light 12-pounders, ten 10-pounder Parrotts, and six 12-pounder mountain howitzers, according to returns received this morning. There are in position some guns belonging to light batteries (classed as siege artillery) exclusively under Colonel Abbot's charge. I know nothing about them.

Very respectfully,

R. H. JACKSON,

Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Artillery, Tenth Army Corps.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 29, 1864 - 5.45 p. m.

Major-General GILLMORE:

You will cause two 30-pounder Parrotts from the line and 200 rounds of ammunition therefor to be at abutment of pontoon bridge, across the Appomattox on this side, at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Colonel Abbot, First Connecticut Artillery, will please see to the execution of the within order. Let the pieces be there half an hour before the time specified.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

GILLMORE'S,

May 29, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

Colonel Abbot thinks he can better spare four 20-pounders than two 30-pounders. The latter will of course be sent unless you authorize the exchange.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

MAY 29, 1864 - 7.30 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

The lookout on the Curtis house reports five steamers at Chaffin's to-day. Admiral Lee knows it. The 30-pounders will be in position to-morrow morning, as directed. The returns asked for and ordered are not in yet.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, near Hatcher's, Va., May 29, 1864/.

Colonel H. L. ABBOT,

First Connecticut Heavy Artillery:

COLONEL: The major-general commanding directs that you proceed immediately to make an inspection of the line of works from