War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0204 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 12, 1864.

Colonel ABBOT;

The truck of the 13-inch mortar broke down last night at fifth discharge. If you will send up another truck with two screw-jacks we will shift the mortar and try to rebuild the old truck or wait orders. Lieutenant Hall has just been killed by a sharpshooter. I shall try and make arrangements to send body home.

T. S. TRUMBULL,

Major

JULY 12, 1864

Colonel BURTON,

Fifth Artillery, Chief of Artillery, Eighteenth Corps,

Headquarters of General Smith:

The 13-inch mortar is reported as having broken the car. Do you desire it repaired with a view to further use?

HENRY L. ABBOT.

Colonel First Connecticut Artillery.

SMITH'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 12, 1864

Colonel ABBOT:

The car upon which the 13-inch mortar is placed is broken. It is desirable to have the car repaired for further use.

H. S. BURTON.

Colonel.

JULY 12, 1864-1.15 p.m.

Brigadier General RUFUS INGALLS,

City Point;

The 13-inch mortar has broken its truck car. Can you send a platform-car upon which we can shift the mortar while we repair it?

HENRY L. ABBOT.

Colonel First Connecticut Artillery.

CITY POINT, VA., July 12, 1864.

Colonel H. L. ABBOT:

Your dispatch is received. I will furnish the car.

RUFUS INGALLS,

Brigadier-General and Quartermaster.

JULY 12, 1864-1.15 p.m.

Major TRUMBULL,

First Connecticut Artillery, Hdqrs. General Smith:

Will send the car and jack-screws also forge and battery wagon, with iron and what else you require if you desire it. The car must be repaired. State what you want. Have you a good mechanic?

HENRY L. ABBOT.

Colonel First Connecticut Artillery.