HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
Cold Harbor, Va, June 10, 1864-4 p.m.
(Received 1.45 a.m. 11th.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:
Please order Captain McAlester here if he can be spared from West Point; also order the saw-mill at Fort Monroe to saw all the 2-inch lumber they can, and place it on board barges, subject to my order. The Coehorn mortars on transports leave where they are.
We will not want them now.
U. S. GRANT,
WASHINGTON, June 10, 1864-11 p.m.
Honorable C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War:
Please say to General Meade that the lying report alluded to in your telegram* was not even for a moment believed by the President or myself. We have the most perfect confidence in him. He could not wish a more exalted estimation of his ability, his firmness, and every quality of a commanding general than is entertained for him.
EDWIN M. STANTON, M
Secretary of War.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
June 10, 1864.
Captain G. H. MENDELL,
SIR; I am directed by the commanding general to inquire whether the field-works constructed at the White House under you direction are adapted to a good defense of the place by the permanent garrison estimated at, say, 1,400 men; and if not, what force do you consider required to defend the position, except against a very superior force of the enemy?
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
June 10, 1864.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: I submit the following report of an inspection of the depot at White House, Va., made pursuant to the commanding general's instructions of the 8th instant. Statement A, herewith, exhibits the troops at the depot, 225 officers and 5,342 men, of whom 35 officers and 1,341 men are reported as constituting the "permanent garrison." These last were inspected by me to ascertain their character and condition. The detachments of the Veteran Reserve Corps
*See 4 p.m., Part I, p. 94.