4. The agent of the Post-Office Department at City Point will furnish twine and wrapping paper on requisition of corps postmasters.
5. Transportation for mail from City Point will be provided by the quartermaster's department.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
T. S. BOWERS,
HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER BRIGADE, June 20, 1864 - 12.30 a. m.
From my officers just returned I learn that you except to lay a bridge under fire, and wish it done as rapidly as possible, and that the banks are good. If so, I earnestly recommend my plan of simultaneous lays, but for which 100 men will not be sufficient, but 300 I shall except would lay it in much less than an hour. As I am authorized by General Meade to send what you call for, I will send you 300 men, if you ask for them. Please reply immediately.
H. W. BENHAM,
June 20, 1864 - 1 a. m. (Received 1.30 a. m.)
The bridge will not be under fire, but ought to be laid quick. I think 100 men will do, but if you have them to spare it would help to have 200.
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
June 20, 1864 - 8.30 a. m.
Corps commanders will promptly report to these headquarters by telegraph, when practicable, all operations that may take place in their front, such as the opening of batteries and musketry firing. A report will immediately be made of the firing that took place about 10 o'clock last night.
By command of Major-General Meade:
HEADQUARTER SECOND ARMY CORPS, June 20, 1864.
The only firing in my front last night was picket-firing. The firing on General Burnside's front about 10 o'clock may have spread a little way to my left.
D. B. BIRNEY,