War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0660 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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EIGHTEENTH CORPS, June 6, 1864-11.25 a.m.

Major-General MEADE:

Everything is quiet on my front except skirmish line. No attempt at progress was made last night in the direction of the enemy's works, on account of remarks made by you to Captain Farquhar yesterday. The picket officers and officers on my front line have reported the enemy hard at work during the last two nights digging, chopping, and driving stakes. I do not think an assault practicable from any point in my front, unless batteries are first thrown up on the front occupied yesterday morning by General Burnside, which might silence cross fire of artillery, which the enemy now have on me.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS, June 6, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

Could I be furnished with about twelve Coehorn mortars to use on our present lines?

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 6, 1864-9.10 p.m. (Received 9.15 p.m.)

Major-General SMITH:

I have no Coehorns available at present, but have sent for six for your corps.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

New Castle Ferry, Va., June 6, 1864-3 p.m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that I have established my headquarters at New Castle Ferry.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Camp at New Castle Ferry, June 6, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

I have the honor to report, for the information of the major-general commanding, that I think that the enemy have a small force of infantry at Bottom's Bridge. They had a train of cars at or near Savage Station this morning.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.