long march from Manchester; Howard, Eleventh; and Slocum, Twelfth, besides General Meade, General Butterfield, chief of staff; Warren, chief of engineers; A. S. Williams, Twelfth Corps, and myself, Sber in it. By the custom of war the junior member votes first, as on courts-martial; and when Butterfield read off his question, the substance of which was, Should the army remain in its present posier he agreed with me or I with him; the rest voted to remain.
The next question written by Butterfield was, Should the army attack or wait the attack of the enemy?
I voted not to attack, and all y 2d, ‘63.
On opening it, the following was found written in pencil in a handwriting [General Daniel Butterfield's] unknown to me:
Minutes of Council, July 2d, 1863.
Page 1, Questions asked:
Minutes of Council, held Thursday, P. M., July 2d, 1863.
D. B., M. G., C. of s. [Daniel Butterfield, Major-General, Chief of Staff].
The memoranda at the bottom of the paper were doubtles