War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0340 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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establishment of recruiting rendezvous at either place. I don't want States to get the benefit of recruits obtained in that way; besides, the men so obtained are worth more in keeping present organizations filled.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

JULY 19, 1864 - 10.10 a. m.

(Sent 10.36 a. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT, Commanding, &c.:

The new iron-clad Tunxis left Philadelphia of Washington the 11th instant. She is said to draw only seven feet of water. She is the very boat we want here in case we get hold of the Howlett house battery, as she can go up at once through the channel and hold what we get, and also can move up and down without danger of getting on shore, and save wooden boats the danger of picket duty, and protect transports from shore batteries. If you agree with me, might not the Tunxis be applied for?

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

JULY 19, 1864 - 10 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

GENERAL: The commissioners, Jaquess and Gilmore, have returned. Were received by Davis, but the only terms were independence or fight. They go to Washington to-morrow. I send you the Richmond papers, by which you will learn that you died Saturday.

Respectfully,

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, July 19, 1864.

Colonel FULLER,

Bermuda Landing:

Have any more of the Nineteenth Corps come up?

B. F. BUTLER.

BERMUDA, July 19, 1864.

General B. F BUTLER:

The Forty-seventh Pennsylvania and Thirtieth Maine Regiments arrived this morning. Fifteenth Maine arrived yesterday.

FULLER,

Colonel.

FORT POWHATAN, VA., July 19, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL:

Signal station in ninety-six feet high. Signal officer reports he cannot communicate with City Point. Please send ten kegs 4-inch spikes and four bales sand-bags.

W. H. BALDWIN,

Lieutenant of Engineers.