e forerunner of Grant's subsequent move upon Petersburg.
The inspiration evidently came from General Grant, for in a bitter letter written by General Butler to General Gilmore after the operations of the day, censuring him in unmeasured terms for his failure, he mentions the fact of an officer of General Grant's staff being present when instructions were given to him. General Gilmore failed to carry out his instructions, and wrote the following letter to General Butler:
headquarters. Elick Jordan's, June 9, 1864, 12:30 P. M. Major-General Butler:
I found the enemy prepared for me to all appearances.
A prisoner says our movement was known at 1:00 this morning, and that reinforcements arrived by railroad.
General Hinks, on the Jordan's Point road, says he cannot carry the works in his front, and that since he arrived there, at 7:30 A. M., two more regiments have been added to the intrenchments coming from the city.
In Hawley's front the works are as strong, I should think, as