War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0032 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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mates are from 20,000 to 30,000. I think there is no further doubt about Ewell's corps. Probably, also, Breckinridge's, Imboden's, Jackson's, and Mosby's commands. If so, the invasion is of a pretty formidable character. I have hurried General Hunter forward, but get no reply from him. I fear that the railroad is so much injured that his advance will be slow. Can you send a good major-general to command in the field till Hunter arrives? I think General Augur should not leave Washington.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

WASHINGTON, July 6, 1864-10 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point, Va.:

General Augur is of opinion that one regiment of heavy artillery should be returned to Washington, to be distributed among the 100-days' militia in the forts, as the latter are not sufficiently instructed in the use of heavy batteries.

H. W. HALLECK,.

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

July 6, 1864-1.30 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Your two dispatches received.* I have ordered a strong division of the Sixth Corps to report to City Point as soon as possible, and directed General Sheridan to report to General Ingalls the number of dismounted cavalry of his command at once.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, July 6, 1864-9.40 a.m.

Major-General MEADE:

GENERAL: Please direct the troops ordered to Washington to proceed via Baltimore; and from Baltimore to report by telegraph to Major-General Halleck, chief of staff of the army, for orders.

By command of Lieutenant General U. S. Grant:

JOHN A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General, &c.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

July 6, 1864-10.30 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

General Wright reports the division sent to Washington will amount to nearly 5,000 men. General Sheridan reports over 2,500 dismounted men equipped and some 1,500 dismounted and unequipped. He has been

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*See July 5, p. 6.

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