CITY POINT, VA., July 5, 1864.
It will be necessary to keep up the patrol between Powhatan and Jamestown Island for the protection of our telegraph. I learn this morning that two miles and a half of wire is gone.
U. S. GRANT,
JULY 5, 1864-4 p.m.
Chief of Staff, Armies of the United States:
Will you be kind enough to order a 13-inch mortar and car on which it is to be fired, now at City Point, to be placed on the rail track and run out to General Smith; also, a car with a 30-pounder Parrott. I suppose both have arrived.
BENJ. F. BUTLER.
CITY POINT, July 5, 1864
The track of the railroad is now laid, General Ingalls informs me, to General Smith's headquarters and the mortar is now here ready to be sent forward. Do you wish to have it sent to General Smith?
C. B. COMSTOCK.
Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the Field, July 5, 1864.
General Butler requested Generals Ingalls and Rawlins in two dispatches to send the mortar and Parrott gun, both on their cars, to General Smith.
Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.
JULY 5, 1864.
General J. G. BARNARD,
General Butler has just received the following dispatch:
Captain Farquhar went to Fort Monroe to settle his engineer accounts upon an order from me, and not upon a sick leave.
WM. F. SMITH
General Butler requests me to inform you that since the 20th of May, Captain Farquhar has had two leaves before for that purpose, and that if he had such pressing need for an engineer officer he should not have