War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0076 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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IN THE FILED, June 15, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL:

General Grant directs that the obstructions be sunk, at such a point as will be under cover of our guns, by us. I inclose his note* on that subject. I have directed two tugs, with twenty-five men, for that purpose to be opposite the iron-clads in the James at 12 o'clock to-day. I also inclose a note+ to Admiral Lee on that subject, which you will deliver to him, but consult with him as to the best place to sink the obstructions. If he fails to point out a place use your own judgment, but you will observe that they are to be protected by our guns. If it is necessary to communicate with me on this subject I shall be near the signal station on the left of the line, and you can signal me there from the right.



Major-General, Commanding.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, June 15, 1864-2.30 a.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel MORGAN:

You will send 60,000 rations to General Hancock's corps at Wind-Mill Point. Colonel Fuller will furnish transportation. If any rations are afloat they may at once be towed down. Great promptness is required.

By command of Major-General Butler:


Captain and Commissary of Musters.

JUNE 15, 1864-8 a.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel FULLER:

At 12 m. to-day you will have in the river, opposite the iron-clads, two strong tugs, with Mr. Ainsworth and a gang of twenty-five of the men best adapted to handling vessels, to report there to the engineer officer, whom you will find on the bank near the ravine.


Major-General, Commanding.

BERMUDA, June 15, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER:

Will send Ainsworth and the tugs up the James as requested at 12 m. to-day, although it will take all the tugs we have here. Ainsworth is up the Appomattox. Can you send word to him at the wharf there to return here immediately?


Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.


*See Rawlins to Butler, June 13, p.12.

+See Butler to Lee, p.77.