War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0100 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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CITY POINT, June 16, 1864-6.45 p.m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Your dispatch received. Wright is every moment expected to arrive, and has been ordered to report to you. He lands at Point of Rocks. There are two or three more regiments of colored troops between the pontoon bridge and Smith's command. You can take them at once.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, June 16, 1864-7.35 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point:

I have the honor to forward the following for the information of the lieutenant-general commanding:

GENERAL TERRY'S HEADQUARTERS, June 16, 1864-7.10 p.m.

General BUTLER:

Large bodies of troops, estimated by the gun-boats at from 40,000 to 50,000 passing Deep Bottom from Malvern Hill toward Richmond this afternoon.

S. P. LEE,

Acting Rear-Admiral.

Respectfully,

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

[First indorsement.]

JUNE 16, 1864.

General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

Forwarded to General Meade for information. This would show the enemy not yet on south side of James River in great force.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

Forwarded to Major-General Hancock. This makes it of great importance to force the enemy's lines before the troops here referred to can join those now in our front. Show this to Burnside, and push his attack and that of Birney's. I have no direct news. The main part of Lee's army is yet to come.

MEADE.

Send me the latest news.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

June 16, 1864-10 p.m.

Major-General BUTLER:

What news from the front?

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.