War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0400 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS.

June 24, 1864.

General RAWLINS.

Chief of Staff, Armies of the United States:

GENERAL: In my opinion it is highly important to have an artillery officer of great experience and high attainments in charge of all the artillery on my line. I have no one to fill this position. Understanding that the Reserve Artillery of the Army of the Potomac is broken up, I would respectfully ask that Colonel Burton be ordered to report to me at once if consistent with the interests of the service.

Respectfully, &c.

WM. F. SMITH.

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS.

June 24, 1864.

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General;

Has General Grant returned to City Point?

WM. F. SMITH.

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

June 24, 1864-6 p.m.

General W. F. SMITH.

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

General Grant left here about half an hour ago on his return to City Point. I think he designs calling to see you on the way.

S. WILLIAMS.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS.

[June 24, 1864.]

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

GENERAL: I have made all arrangements to take the hill in front of my left, which will save me from much annoyance if I succeed. I think I can do it without serious loss. The time appointed is 7 p.m., but learning that you are on the field I have judged best to defer to your judgment.

Respectfully, &c..

WM. F. SMITH.

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

June 24, 1864.

Major-General SMITH:

Six Coehorn mortars were asked for your corps. They are now at City Point,and will be issued by Lieutenant Schaff, ordnance officer there. Six wagons should be sent for them. Each wagon will carry one mortar and sixty rounds of ammunition.

HENRY J. HUNT,

Chief of Artillery.