try to supply the present demand with sea-coast shells if they can be had. Please notify me how soon I may depend upon securing about 10,000 8-inch mortar shells. A continued demand for ammunition for these mortars may be anticipated.
HENRY L. ABBOT,
Colonel First Connecticut Artillery.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 1864-9.45 p.m.
Colonel ABBOT, First Connecticut Artillery:
Your dispatch received. Five thousand 8-inch mortar shells sent from Fort Monroe. Will inform you of remainder to-morrow.
G. D. RAMSAY,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Ordnance.
HEADQUARTERS SIEGE TRAIN, Broadway Landing, June 29, 1864-3.50 p.m.
Captain T. EDSON, Commanding Arsenal, Fort Monroe, Va.:
Please hurry forward all the 8-inch mortar-shells at Fort Monroe Arsenal, and notify me by telegraph how soon I may expect them. We are obliged to slacken fire from want of them.
HENRY L. ABBOT,
Colonel First Connecticut Artillery, Commanding.
FORT MONROE, June 29, 1864.
Colonel H. L. ABBOT:
The quartermaster was not able to furnish transportation to-day for the 8-inch shells. Will send to-morrow on the mail-boat all she will take. Three thousand of these are ordered sent to you. How many more do you want?
Captain of Ordnance.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 29, 1864-10 p.m.
(Received 2 p.m. 30th.)
Colonel H. L. ABBOT,
First Connecticut Artillery:
Please send to General Burnside twelve siege guns with 100 rounds of ammunition for each. Acknowledge receipt.
HENRY J. HUNT,
HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, June 29, 1864.
General Foster reported this morning that the enemy had three or four pieces of artillery firing on the gun-boats below the pontoon bridge; that there is unusual activity reported on his front. The enemy is building an observatory.
W. T. H. BROOKS,