JUNE 25, 1864-6.40 p.m.
Have heard from Comstock. He says General Benham has sand-bags. I have telegraphed to General Barnard to have 7,000 or 8,000 sent you to-night either by Benham or Abbot. I will be down to see you early to-morrow, say 6 or 7 o'clock. I wish to go at once to see the work required. Can't go to-night. Let me know by telegraph, if necessary to send at once for them, what guns you want-siege guns, mortars, or 8-inch siege howitzers. When will you want to put them in position, probably?
HENRY J. HUNT,
GENERAL WEITZEL'S HEADQUARTERS, June 25, 1864.
I have just ordered 8,000 sand-bags to be sent to you from my depot at Bermude Hundred with all possible haste. I imagine they will reach you about 1 o'clock. What position do you occupy with reference to Smith?
Brigadier-General and Chief Engineer.
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 25, 1864.
Your dispatch is received. I am very much obliged to you for the sand-bags, and shall be ready to receive them. My position is immediately on the left of General Smith.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, FIRST DIV., NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 25, 1864.
Lieutenant C. J. MILLS,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
SIR: The firing to-night is reported by Captain Holman, brigade officer of the day, to have been caused by the advance of a light skirmish line on Potter, whose pickets replied heavily. Very little more than our extreme left was engaged. The enemy retired. The abatis is nearly completed and is very strong. I have never seen better or more impassable; that in the woods is slashing, while on the open it is built. I think the general will be satisfied.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
EBENEZER W. PEIRCE,
P. S.-Charge just now on our right, Tenth Corps. Enemy suspects movement and is feeling the lines, I suspect.