War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0626 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 5, 1864-7.05 p. m.

Major General W. F. SMITH, Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that General Burnside will merely throw back his right to Bosher's, and not take up the position along he main branch of the Matadequin.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

June 5, 1864-11 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have plenty of forage, rations, and entrenching tools for myself, and to return all that have been sent to have been sent to me when I arrived without anything. I also owe some 50,000 rounds of ammunition, which I can repay in a day. I will be able to accommodate any corps who may wish to borrow to a reasonable amount.

I am, general very respectfully, &c.,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

June 5, 1864-11.15 p. m.

Will you please send the message I have just sent you forward by first opportunity.* Will you also please inform me when the telegraph is completed to White House and Fort Monroe?

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

June 5, 1864.

Captain VAN NESS, Acting Chief Quartermaster:

CAPTAIN: The general commanding directs that you send the Metamora down to Old Point to be turned over to Colonel Biggs, with a note asking him to store the property now on board in some safe place. As soon as your wagons are fairly started you will report here. Send the engineer tools to Captain Pitkin. We have all we need. Captain Butler will hurry up everything and report here as soon as possible. The general desires you to use all dispatch in joining headquarters. We shall need a few more tents. Bring all of our men, guards, &c., sending Lieutenant Smith and a few of them to turn over to Colonel Biggs our things for storage. Every thing has been done in our power to stop the interference of Army of the Potomac headquarters, but in vain. Bring all your assistants. If possible leave some one to forward transportation and join us at once.

N. BOWEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

*See Bowen to Van Ness, next following.