War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0422 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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MAY 31, 1864-12.25 p. m.

Colonel AMES:

I send re-enforcements; perhaps you can drive them out of the brush. As soon as possible cut that skirt of woods between you and our left, so that we can cover your flanks.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION, May 31, 1864.

General BUTLER:

I think there is no need of re-enforcements. The enemy occupy the rive bank to the right of here, a little above the point visited yesterday. They seem to be creeping up a little, as if to post their sharpshooters in the brush.

AMES,

Colonel.

MAY 31, 1864. (Received 12.30 p. m.)

General HINKS:

Is Special Orders, Numbers 35, to be carried out at once, or wait till the enemy leaves our front? It orders the 20-pounders to City Point. Is there an attack at City Point?

AMES,

Colonel.

MAY 31, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Colonel AMES:

Special Orders, Numbers 35, is suspended till the enemy has retired and all is quiet. When the enemy has retired, send Captain Dollard to reconnoiter and obtain all the information possible.

HINKS,

General.

SPRING HILL, May 31, 1864-4.15 p. m.

General BUTLER:

I know nothing. A could of dust has been seen, and the enemy's cavalry reported. I have sent our cavalry to make observations.

AMES,

Colonel.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE APPOMATTOX,

May 31, 1864.

Captain NORTON:

The forces opposite are attacked by a heavy force of the enemy.

YOUNG,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.