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July 5, 1861. General STANNARD,

First Dirision : GENERAL: I was in error this morning when I said to your staff officer the brigade you have in reserve was encamped in the place sproken of in my note of this a. m. The major-general commanding directs that they encamp in the woods near the Beasley house, which is the place he intended them moved to. Please see that the change is made. I am, general, very respectfully,

WM. RUSSELL, JR., Assistant Adjutant-General.


In the field, July 5, 1864. Brigadier-General HINKS,

Fort Monroe: The following order* has just been received from the headquarters Armies of the United States. Can you comply with it at once? Answer by telegraph. By command of Major-General Butler:

H. T. SCHROEDER, Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


July 5, 1864. MACINTOSH:

The cavalry party will start from Fort Powhatan at 4 or 5 a, m. to-morrow to clean out everything on line between there and Swan Point. Please be ready to go with them. Answer.


PORTSMOUTH, July 5, 1864. Capt. G. E. JOHNSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General : CAPTAIN: Major Gates reports that he returned from his expedition to South Quay on yesterday. He found a force of about sixty men there, who fled to the woods on his approach. Some men were sent across the river and destroyed $20,000 worth of commissary stores, cotton, &c. The boat at South Quay was also destroyed. He brought away with him four mules with harness and wagon. On account of the breaking of an axle of one of the guns he did not go to Franklin. He has been ordered to turn in to the quartermaster's department the property captured.


Brigadier General. See paragraph 1, Special Orders, No. 49, headquarters Armies of the United States, p. 6.

JULY 5, 1864. Mr. BENNETT,

Clerk at Headquarters, Fort Monroe : Send me 10,000 yards of strong kite-string at once. Also all the President's proclamations there are in the offices.

BENJ. F. BUTLER, Wajor-General, Commanding.



July 5, 1861, General BARNES, Willard's Hotel : The Secretary thinks you had better go down to Point Lookout at

You had better get a tug from Rucker. He is a little anxious concerning the prisoners there, in reference to the movement of the rebels near Harper's Ferry. Please report to me by telegraph every evening. Yours, truly,

C. C. AUGUR, Major-General, U. S. l’olunteers.


Nec Berne, N. C., July 5, 1861. Maj. R. S. DAVIS,

Asst. Adjt. Gen., Hdqrs. Dept. of Va, and N. C., Ft. Monroe, Va.. SIR: Some days since I notified the commanding general of the return of the expedition sent under Colonel Claassen toward Kinston. This expedition succeeded not only in capturing the outpost, but the coinmanding officer of the enemy's forces in Kinston with his adjutant were also brought here prisoners. At the same time this force was operating toward Kinston I had ordered Colonel Jourdan, commanding SubDistrict of Beaufort, to proceed with about 1,000 infantry and 250 cavalry with a couple of mountain howitzers and endeavor to cut the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, and if possible to destroy the bridge over Northeast Cape Fear River. The movement was commenced very secretly, but upon the arrival of the command at Jacksonville it became evident to Colonel Jourdan that our movements were known and that every precaution had been taken to defeat the object of the expedition. Colonel Jourdau felt so sure of his inability to cope with the forces assembling in his front that he reluctantly concluded to abandon further operations and he accordingly returned. This movement was not, however, without its good results, some twenty-two prisoners and about the same number of horses were captured and the whole country from Wel. don to Wilmington was alarmed. At the same time that these expeditions were out I had ordered a small force on a steamer to the Punigo River to sieze some vessels said to be there preparing to make a descent upon our light-houses. One of the naval officers, Captain Graves, of the Lockwood, and a party of sailors accompanied this expedition, which succeeded in capturing three schooners and a large amount of shingles and bringing them to this place. I have another plan on foot for harassing the rebels in this vicinity which I will explain in due time. I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,



No. 38.

Nero Berne, N. C., July 5, 1864.
Col. Thomas J. C. Amory, Seventeenth Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry, having been assigned to the command of the Sub-District of
Beaufort, relieving Col. J. Jourdan, One hundred and fifty-eighth New
York Volunteer Infantry, he will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
The commanding general takes this occasion to tender his thanks to
Colonel Jourdan for the energy and ability exhibited by him while in
command of the sub-district.
By command of Brig. Gen. I. N. Palmer:

J. A. JUDSON, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, City Point, July 6, 1861-10 a. m. (Received 7 p. m.) Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff: Please obtain an order assigning the troops of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina serving in the field to the command of Maj. Gen. W. F. Smith, and order Major-General Butler, commanding department, to his headquarters, Fortress Monroe. One division of troops, besides the dismounted cavalry, will sail from here for Baltimore during the day. They are directed to report their arrival in Baltimore to you by telegraph.



CITY POINT, VA., July 6, 1864—3 p. m.

(Received 7th.) Major-General HALLECK,

Washington, D. C.: A part of the force directed by me to go north is already off, and the whole of it will be in course of an hour or two. It will probably be as well to let it go now, and return it as soon as you deem it perfectly safe to do so. I think there is no doubt but Early's corps is near the Baltimore and Ohio road, and if it can be caught and broken up it will be highly desirable to do so. It is important to our success here that another raid should be made up the Shenandoah Valley, and stores destroyed and communications broken.


Lieutenant General.

WASHINGTON, July 6, 1864–5. p. m.

(Received 7th.) Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point, Va.: Please give me an estimate of the number of dismounted cavalry sent in order that I may provide remounts. They should bring their equipments with them. It appears that General Sigel had no scouts out to give notice of the enemy's approach, and be seems to guess at their numbers, estimating them from 7,000 to over 30,000. Other estị.

mates are from 20,000 tu 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.

II. W. HALLECK, Major-General and Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, July 6, 1861–10 p. m. Lieutenant General GRANT,

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

II. W. HALLECK, Major General and Chief of Staff


July 6, 1864--1.30 a. m. Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Your two dispatches received.* I have ordered a strong divisioni 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.



CITY POINT, July 6, 1861–9.40 (t, m. Major-General MEADE:

GENERAL: Please direct the troops ordered to Washington to proceed via Baltimore; and from Baltimore to report by telegraph to MajorGeneral Ilalleck, chief of staff of the army, for orders. By command of Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant:


Brigadier General, dc.


July 6, 1861–10.30 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

* See July 5, p. 6.

directed to send them to Washington, as they can be equipped more rapidly there than here, and be put to some service at once. This will make nearly 9,000 men sent from this army, which I trust will meet the exigency, as I should be reluctant to spare any more. Everything was quiet yesterday and last night with the exception of General Burnside, who opened a battery on what he believed to be a working party of the enemy during the night,



CITY POINT, VA,, July 6, 1864-11.30 a, m, Major-General MEADE,

Commanding, &c. : I have no doubt but that the force you have sent to Washington will prove sufficient, and not only that, but that they will speedily return, the cavalry fully mounted and equipped. Hunter has got a portion of his force up to the enemy, and is concentrating the balance as rapidly as possible. If they succeed in nearly annihilating Ewell, Breckinridge, &c., Hunter will be able to move through to Charlottesville and utterly destroy the railroad and canals without the help of the troops sent from here.



CITY POINT, VA., July 6, 1864–11,35 a, m, Major-General MEADE,

Commanding, cc.: The troops going to Washington need not take teams, ambulances, or ammunition, except what they carry in boxes. I expect them back here so soon that there is no necessity for transporting the teams back and forth. Besides there is now in Washington about 600 teams ready for issue, if necessary.




July 6, 1864-2.10 p. m. Lieutenant-Colonel BOWERS:

Just before this army left Brandy Station the lieutenant-general commanding verbally instructed me to move with 150 rounds of smallarm ammunition per man, 50 rounds to be carried on the person and 100 rounds in the wagons, and for the transportation of small-arm ammunition five wagons were allowed for every 1,000 men. Special Orders, No. 14, of June 28, 1864, from your headquarters, provide three wagons only for every 1,000 men for the transportation of small-arm ammunition. It is estimated that 1,000 rounds of small-arm ammuni. tion weigh about 100 pounds, and under the allowance of three wagons per 1,000 men, each wagon would have to carry about 3,300 pounds besides the forage for the team. It is respectfully submitted that with this weight the wagons would be considerably overloaded, and I have therefore the honor to request that I may be informed whether in reduc


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