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