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FLAG-SHIP AGAWAM, Farrar's Island, Va., June 4, 1864-10 p. m.

(Received 8.30 p. m. 5th.)

Honorable GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy:

No enemy's armed vessel has been seen since we came up this river. A barge and four schooners, provided by and at the expense of the army, are here to-night ready, with shingle ballast, for sinking in Trent's Reach at the locality designated by General Butler, who recommends the measure. This will be done if a diminution of my force or controlling military operations require it previous to the arrival of the torpedo-fitted decked steam-barges, which I hope son to receive.

S. P. LEE,

Acting Rear-Admiral.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, In Camp, June 4, 1864.

General GILLMORE,

Commanding, &c.:

General Butler directs that hereafter no flag of truce be sent to the enemy, except by orders from these headquarters.

CHAS. J. PAINE,

Colonel and Acting Chief of Staff.

GILLMORE'S, June 4, 1864.

Colonel PAINE,

Acting Chief of Staff:

I have never sent a flag of truce but once, and then by General Butler's permission.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FIRST DIV., TENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 32.

In the Field, Va., June 4, 1864.

I. Two sections of Wheeler's battery, now in reserve, will relieve the two sections of Sanger's battery, now posted in Battery Numbers 4. The ranges to the different rebel batteries in front will be noted.

II. Ashby's battery will be posted in the new water battery in the bend a short distance below Curtis' house. Lieutenant Mowers, commanding, will report for duty to First Lieutenant George Dimock, First Connecticut Artillery, commanding the battery.

III. Colonel H. M. Plaisted, commanding Third Brigade, will detail from his command 100 men, properly officered, to report at 5 p. m. this day, for picket duty, to Colonel J. B. Howell, commanding First Brigade.

By order of Brigadier General Alfred H. Terry:

A. TERRY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.