HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 29, 1864-11.30 p.m.
Commanding Cavalry Division:
The commanding general directs that you see General Wright and General Sheridan and give them all the information and assistance needed to enable them to receiver the guns left by Wilson's command, and to extricate General Wilson's remaining force from its present position.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS, June 29, 1864.
Colonel H. L. ABBOT:
General Smith directs me to say that it is absolutely necessary to keep up a heavy fire from our 8-inch mortars; and if there is danger of ammunition giving out some other projectile must be obtained. He thinks 8-inch columbia shell can be used, and suggest that they be ordered immediately.
THOS. S. TRUMBULL,
Major First Connecticut Artillery.
BROADWAY LANDING, VA., June 29, 1864.
Major J. G. BENTON,
Washington Arsenal, Washington, D. C.:
We cannot put all the 8-inch mortars needed in position, from want of shells. How soon can I be sure of a supply, and how many can be obtained?
HENRY L. ABBOT,
Colonel First Connecticut Artillery, Commanding.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 1864.
First Connecticut Artillery:
Major Benton reports that you have telegraphed for 8-inch shells. I would suggest that if supplies are needed requisition should be made by you, either direct or through headquarters, to this office.
G. D. RAMSAY,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Ordnance.
BROADWAY LANDING, VA., June 29, 1864-3.10 p.m.
Brigadier General G. D. RAMSAY,
Chief of Ord., U. S. Army, Winder's Building, Washington, D. C.:
I telegraphed to Major Benton because we lacked 9,380 8-inch shells of my original requisition, which was ordered to be filled by the Department. We need them greatly. General Smith even asks me to
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