War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0398 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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JUNE 24, 1864-10.30 a.m.

Captain NORTON:

Skirmish along our picket-line.

CROSS,

Lieutenant.

RIVER-BANK (SPRING HILL) SIGNAL STATION.

June 24, 1864-7.30 p.m

Captain NORTON:

Fifty empty cars have just passed the Junction toward Petersburg.

SIMONS,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

CITY POINT, VA., June 24, 1864..

Colonel H. L. ABBOT:

COLONEL: I am directed by General Barnard, chief engineer, to inform you that ten of the rope mantlets are on their way. The general wishes to know if he shall on their arrival forward them to you or to General Hunt. They will be wanted with the Army of the Potomac. I presume the inquiry is made to you as the chief of the siege train of the combined armies.

Very respectfully.

J. H. OBERTEUFFER, JR.,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS.

June 24, 1864-10.20 a.m. (Sent 10.40 a.m.)

Colonel J. W SHAFFER.

Chief of Staff:

Man on the lookout on James River reports a battalion of infantry and few pieces of light artillery crossing Henry Cox's farm at quick march toward our front; thinks other troops are following.

In the absence of General Brooks:

ED. W. SMITH.

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS.

June 24, 1864-11.06 a.m.

Colonel E. W. SMITH:

Your dispatch received. In which direction are they crossing?

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

JUNE 24, 1864-11.54 a.m.

Major-General BUTLER:

Lookout man explains that the troops spoken of are crossing to this side of the James.

W. T. H. BROOKS.

Brigadier-General.