of ammunition. I will order of Captain Elder's caissons to be filled and sent to him. Tell him to send his caissons as they emptied to headquarters and I will try and supply him from reserve train.
Because Captain Hexamer, who had just come in, had a full supply, the general commanding thinks it should it should not be assumed that the batteries of his own corps were in the same condition.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS, June 3, 1864.
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: My aide reports to me that General Hunt contended himself with answering a verbal requisition for artillery ammunition by some strictures upon my extravagant use of it. I have nothing to cover the entire open space on my right but my artillery, and I have tried to keep down both the enemy's artillery and infantry fire, which enfilades my front, by artillery fire. I have a regiment so far advanced that it cannot withdraw without serious loss, and the enemy are trying to get a battery in position to enfilade this regiment. It has become, therefore, somewhat of a question as to the expenditure of ammunition or muscle. All the artillery fire has been done strictly under my orders, and has not exceeded the amount I have deemed necessary to fire away to cover my men. I regret exceedingly that the absence of my own ammunition should have forced me to make the requisition I have, and of its propriety the general commanding himself must judge.
WM. F. SMITH,
The note from General M. will explain itself.
ARTILLERY HDQRS., ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864.
GENERAL: I have sent you all the ammunition that could be procured from other corps near, and as rapidly as it could be sent. I have ordered up more, which I except soon, and will give your own batteries a further supply. I have now ordered another battery of Wright's corps to you, which, if you should not require it, I would like to have returned to him. I sent yesterday to you to place as many batteries at your disposal as you required. i sent the one you desired with an extra supply of ammunition and sufficient, if that battery alone has used it, to last a much longer time. The man from the battery reported subsequently a comparatively small expenditure I did not limit myself to strictures on your expenditures, although I did remark*: * * * nor did I make them, but took immediate measures to supply the reported wants.
H. J. HUNT,
*Omitted words not legible.