War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0523 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS, June 2, 1864.

Brigadier-General HINKS,

Commanding at City Point, Va.;

You will allow the troops from Wild's brigade to disembark at Spring Hill, refresh and rest themselves. The same boat may bring over a portion of one of the regiments of Colonel Ducan's brigade, so as to reunite his regiments.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

JUNE 2, 1864. (Received 8.45 a. m.)

General HINKS:

I have no boat this forenoon. I sent General Wild all my small boats. Will make a change with you as soon as they return.

DODGE,

Captain.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, New Berne, N. C. June 2, 1864.

Captain MELANCTON SMITH,

Senior Naval Officer, Sounds of North Carolina:

CAPTAIN: Your last letter concerning the information you had received of the evacuation of Plymouth [is received]. I have no force that I could mae use of at Plymouth, and to reoccupy that place in the present state of my command would be only to hold a bait to be grasped at any time. I would lie to do something more

than "hold on here," but you are aware, I suspect, that every man that could be possibly spared was sent to General Butler. I inclose a letter to a Miss Jones, at Edenton. This lade wishes very much to get to the Catholic Institution at Mount De Sales, and I have promised her friends at the North to do everything I could for her. If she can be taken on board of one of the gun-boats and sent here I would feel very much obliged. I have thought very strongly of occupying Edenton just as soon as I can feel that I have the forced to do it. Do you not think that better than to reoccupy Plymouth? I am anxious to hear whether Captain Lee has been able to accomplish anything with his torpedoes.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

I. N. PALMER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, New Berne, N. C., June 2, 1864.

Commanding OFFICER CONFD. FORCES, LITTLE WASHINGTON, N. C.:

SIR: I have been informed that many persons, principally women and children, in and about Little Washington, are in a suffering and destitute condition, owing principally to the burning of their houses and property in the recent unfortunate conflagration. If these