War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0288 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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CITY POINT, June 21, 1864-11.30 a. m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Please furnish me a statement, approximate one at least, of the number of troops sent south of the Appomattox under instructions of yesterday, and the number left for the defense of entrenchments in front of Bermuda Hundred.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

JUNE 21, 1864-3 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have sent with General Smith south of the Appomattox 15,000 infantry, eight batteries of artillery. General Kautz has also gone with 2,500 effective cavalry, one battery of horse artillery. I have on line 7,000 old troops, 2,000 on the north bank of the James. I have 2,600 Ohio men (100-day's), 1,800 of whom are a working party on the north side; remainder on fatigue and detail duty. This is approximate only, as the troops were reorganized yesterday, and returns are not yet in.

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

JUNE 21, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have reliable information that the railroad between Petersburg and Richmond is not yet repaired.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, June 21, 1864-9.30 a. m.

(Received 10.45 a. m.)

Major-General BUTLER:

The President desires you to notify Admiral Lee that he will visit him to-morrow, leaving here at 8 a. m.

O. E. BABCOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

JUNE 21, 1864-10.50 a. m.

Admiral LEE,

Commanding, &c.:

The President will visit you at your fleet in the morning, leaving City Point at 8 a. m. Please have the pontoon bridge notified to be up.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

General Brooks will forward this.

B. R. B.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

June 21, 1864-7.20 p. m.

General BUTLER:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of an order from Lieutenant-General Grant relieving me from duty with Sixth