War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0370 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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to cut down a few trees to obtain a range for your fire on the river. Please inform Admiral Lee of these dispositions. Perhaps an epaulement might be of use to cover the guns from the battery at Dr. Howlett's house.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 30, 1864 - 8.45 p. m.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The general commanding suggests that boxes of small-arm ammunition be placed to-night at different points along the parapets, so as to prevent men from leaving for ammunition.

A. MORDECAI,

Captain and Chief of Ordnance.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 30, 1864 - 6.17 p. m.

Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding:

The artillery duel along our line does not amount to anything serious. Our picket-line on the extreme left has been forced in a little in one place. I have directed it to be re-established, unless the enemy are present in force.

Yours,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

The picket-line has been re-established.

J. M. B.,

Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 30, 1864 - 10.35 p. m.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL,

Chief Engineer:

Is it the intention of the commanding general that the new line, cutting off the salient of Battery Numbers 4, shall be completed? No men are at work there, and I have had no orders on the subject.

Yours,

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

May 30, 1864 - 11 p. m.

General WEITZEL:

Colonel Serrell's orders from me were to execute your instructions as chief engineer. He was ordered away from me suddenly and