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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER.

June 20, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The following dispatch has just been received and is respectfully forward:

NAVY LANDING SIGNAL STATION,

June 20, 1864-3.10 p. m.

Captain NORTON:

A regiment of cavalry is moving north along the turnpike opposite Howlett's.

BRUYN,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal officer, Dept. of Virginia and N. Carolina,

JUNE 20, 1864

Colonel ABBOT,

Commanding artillery of the Defenses:

Please get in readiness for immediate movement two 30-pounder Parrotts which can best be spared on our line. They are to go to General Meade, if the is not otherwise provided, in course of an hour.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

June 20, 1864-9.35 a. m. (Received 9.40 a. m.)

Colonel ABBOT:

You will send at once two 30-pounder Parrotts to report to General Hunt, chief of artillery, Petersburg.

By order of General Butler:

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel, &c.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

June 20, 1864.

Colonel ABBOT:

Has the 20-pounders Parrotts returned?

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel, &c.

HEADQUARTERS SIEGE ARTILLERY,

June 20, 1864.

Colonel SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff, at General Butler's Headquarters:

The 20-pounder battery has not returned so far as I know. It certainly has not reported to me.

HENRY L. ABBOT.

Colonel First Connecticut Artillery, Commanding.