It is impossible to get on if orders are not obeyed.
B. F. BUTLER,
JUNE 17, 1864-10.35 p.m.
(Received 10.40 p.m.)
At 7.10 this evening I sent an order to you and General Terry to do some fighting. At 10.30 get no fighting, but an argument. My order went out by the direction of the lieutenant-general.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS,
June 17, 1864-10.55 p.m. (Received 12 midnight.)
Your dispatch of 10.35 is just received and every man I have will at once be put in to do some fighting. Your reproach is entirely unmerited.
H. G. WRIGHT,
Received at 12 midnight. Operator at Terry's headquarters reports it received at five minutes previously at office.
B. F. B.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,
June 17, 1864-11.15 p.m.
Yours of 10.48 p.m. is received transmitting copy of dispatch from General Grant.* My troops are and have been ready for some hours, but have not moved as they were the supporting force. Whether anything has been done I cannot say from personal knowledge, though I understand not.
H. G. WRIGHT,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, SIXTH ARMY CORPS,
June 17, 1864-2 p.m.
General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
Am at finger-post pointing to Ninth Corps, on main road, with my Second Division, Artillery Brigade, Colonel Tompkins, Sixth Corps, and proper complement of ammunition wagons and ambulances of the corps. My men have been marching all night and morning.
THOS. H. NEILL,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Second Division.
* See Grant to Butler, 9.45 p.m., p.143.