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JUNE 5, 1864-4.40 p. m.

Send out Captain Dollard with his company to discover the position of the enemy and obtain all possible information.

HINKS,

General.

SPRING HILL STATION, June 5, 1864-6 p. m.

General B. F. BUTLER:

I have just made an inspection of Fort Clifton. There are no guns to be seen. A signal station is still there, perhaps a dozen men in all visible.

AMES,

Colonel.

OUTER OFFICE, June 5, 1864.

Captain NORTON:

We fired about a dozen shots from Battery Numbers 3, after which the enemy fired three from a battery on their left, apparently at our pickets. All quiet now.

O. B. IRELAND,

Lieutenant and Signal Operator.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

June 5, 1864.

General SHEPLEY:

The Mayflower and Hero of Jersey were fired into at Day's Point, the latter struck by 2 small 6-pounder shells. General Butler wishes you to send up and drive the party away.

C. J. PAINE,

Colonel and Acting Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Cold Harbor, June 6, 1864.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

General-in-Chief:

GENERAL: It is quiet that the present campaign may result in heavy siege work, and your own, experience at Vicksburg must have shown you the need of a sufficient number of engineer officers. Every corps should have an engineer officer at headquarters, and so far as practicable every division. I would recommend that all the engineer officers not now in the field, fit for field duty, and whom it may be possible to spare from the duties on which they are engaged, be ordered to the Army of the Potomac. Brigadier-General Woodbury (lieutenant-colonel of engineers) now commanding at Key West, would from his ability and knowledge of this country, be a great acquisition. The only object in his case, and that of some others, would be the want of rank in the present meritorious