War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0416 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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FORT MONROE, VA., May 31, 1861.

(Received 10 p. m.)

QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL U. S. ARMY:

Your dispatch received. The Pamunkey is not obstructed to White House. The enemy are reported in some force at mouth of Chickahominy with pontoon trains, which I don't believe.

HERMAN BIGGS,

Chief Quartermaster.

WASHINGTON, May 31, 1864-1 p. m.

(Received 3.55 p. m.)

COMMANDING OFFICER FORT MONROE AND YORKTOWN:

All pontoon bridges at Fortress Monroe or Yourktown, or which may arrive at these places, will be sent to Major-General Butler, Bermuda Hundred.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General, &c.

Lieutenant-Colonel Biggs, chief quartermaster, will please send this at once to General Benham, who will be guided by the order.

By command of Major-General Butler:

H. T. SCHOREDER,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Copy has been sent to commanding officer at Yorktown.

OPERATOR,

Fort Monroe Office.

HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER BRIGADE,

Fort Monroe, Va., May 31, 1864-4 p. m.

(Received 6.20 p. m.)

General S. WILLIAMS,

Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. Army of the Potomac:

I have just had sent to me by Lieutenant-Colonel Biggs, quartermaster at this post, an order of General Halleck to him that all pontoon bridging that arrives here shall be sent to General Butler. I, therefore, propose when the pontoons arrive, as is not the case as yet, to send some 150 to 200 men with them to General Butler, and retain here the balance of the brigade, with the special material, trains, &c., for your further orders. This I presume to be what you would desire.

H. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General.

FORT MONROE, May 31, 1864.

Major DAVIS:

General Benham, with the Engineer Brigade of the Army of the Potomac, is here awaiting orders from General Grant or Meade.

H. T. SCHROEDER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.