BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS, July 4, 1864.
I have ordered Colonel Fisher, One hundred and thirty-eighth Ohio National Guard, to detach two companies, which will number about 125 men, to report to you and stay at Broadway Landing. This will remove all trouble. I regret that this detail, as a previous one by the commissaries, was ordered from this regiment direct from headquarters, instead of through the proper channel, because their work at Spring Hill still needs a great deal to be done, and your and the commissary details infringe on my engineer details. For this, however, headquarters is responsible.
Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the Field, July 4, 1864 - 9 p. m.
Commanding Tenth Army Corps:
One Patrick Cashan came into our lines this afternoon. He brought two papers of to-day with him, but they were taken from him by officers at the entrenchments. He came in at the extreme right of the line. Please attend to this at once and have them obtained for me. This matter must be distinctly understood and my orders obeyed.
B. F. BUTLER,
HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, July 4, 1864.
One paper has been forwarded. I had sent for the other before your dispatch arrived.
W. T. H. BROOKS,
JULY 4, 1864 - 10.45 p. m.
The deserter's story put together, with other information, leads us to believe that the rebels will make an attack on Foster with about a division to-morrow morning, and with everything else into Meade's