JAMESTOWN ISLAND, VA., May 29, 1864 - 2 p. m.
(Via Fort Monroe. Received 4.20 p. m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:
At 11.30 a. m. to-day nearly all of my command were embarked. They will all be at West Point, or, if the Pamunkey River can be run at night, at the White House, early in the morning. I have 16,000 infantry, sixteen guns, one squadron of cavalry. General Ames was ordered to report to you by telegraph the moment he landed. I shall try communicate at once with General Grant. Shall in the mean time exercise my own judgment to some extent as to the points of debarkation.
WM. F. SMITH,
MAY 29, 1864. (Received 1.45 a. m.)
You will embark your troops as quickly as possible, and proceed with the tows to West Point at as early an hour after daylight as possible, and there await orders.
WM. F. SMITH,
MAY 29, 1864. (Received 8.45 a. m.)
You will send the reserve brigade to report on the lines over here. The pontoon bridge will be ready at 2 o'clock, so that you will start at 12 m. Acknowledge receipt.
R. S. DAVIS,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
MAY 29, 1864 - 9.15 a. m.
Dispatch received. The brigade will be ready at 12 m.
MAY 29, 1864. (Received 10 a. m.)
Please come over with your brigade.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
MAY 29, 1864 - 11.45 a. m.
You are to remain in command at Spring Hill for the present. You will ration your troops accordingly.