War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0070 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, July 7, 1864.

Brigadier-General RAWLINS, Chief of Staff, City Point:

Will you suggest to the lieutenant-general to have all regular approaches at the salient discontinued and have them begun at other places in the line to prevent attracting attention until he has examined the ground and made up his mind for himself?

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS, July 7, 1864.

Brigadier-General RAWLINS, Chief of Staff, City Point:

Is there any objection to my visiting City Point this evening? General Franklin will be there.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, July 7, 1864.

Major RUSSELL:

General Smith wishes to know if all is quiet on his line.

Respectfully,

OPERATOR.

All is quiet. Even the artillery firing has entirely ceased.

WM. RUSSELL, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS, Near Petersburg, Va., July 7, 1864.

Colonel BURTON,

Fifth U. S. Arty., Chief of Artillery, 18th Army Corps:

COLONEL: In view of the increase of the enemy's mortar fire on my front, I most respectfully request that an addition of from four to five 8-inch mortars may be added to the artillery of my line that I may keep a preponderance of vertical fire. Only by keeping down the enemy's fire can I escape from a most severe daily loss of life.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

POINT LOOKOUT, MD., July 7, 1864.

(Received 8.50 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

All quiet at this post. General Hinks has just arrived here, with order from General Butler to take command, and subsequent approval of Lieutenant-General Grant.

JAS. BARNES,

Brigadier-General, Commanding District.

(Same to General Augur.)