War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0705 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION,

June 8, 1864-1.20 p.m.

Captain NORTON:

Two large freight trains have just passed toward Richmond, and one empty train toward Petersburg.

GARRETT,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION,

June 8, 1864-3.50 p.m.

Captain NORTON:

The working party of rebels is not directly between my station and the railroad station, but off a little to the left. The number is about 25, and they are dressed in a variety of colors.

GARRETT,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

SPRING HILL SIGNAL STATION,

June 8, 1864-4.10 p.m.

Captain NORTON:

A train of six cars has just passed toward Richmond, partly loaded with troops.

GARRETT,

Sergeant, Signal Corps.

JUNE 8, 1864.

General BUTLER:

I have made the necessary preparations for placing a battery in advance of Spring Hill, and came down to see you about it. The force to cover battery until completed will have to be pretty strong, or we may lose it. I will await your orders at my headquarters.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

June 8, 1864-5 p.m.

Major-General BUTLER:

I take three regiments from Terry and one from Turner, making 1,800 men in all. I had better take a battery had I not? I have sent for General Kautz, to confer with him before I call again to see you.

Q. A. GILLMORE,

Major-General.

JUNE 8, 1864-5.15 p.m.

General GILLMORE:

I should say take two sections of a battery. Hinks will take a section of his. This is not to be artillery work, but a quick, decisive push.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

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