farther east to Jones's Bridge.
On the 7th [John J.] Abercrombie — who was in command at White House, and who had been in command at our base of supplies in all the changes made from the start — could move.
On the 9th Abercrombie was directed to send all organized troops arriving at White House, without debarking from their transports, to report to Butler.
Halleck was at this time inst
U. S. Grant, Lieut.-General
P. S.: On reflection I will send the 18th corps by way of White House.
The distance which they will have to march will be enough shorter to enable them to reach yable to embark a large number of men there, the direction of the 18th corps may be changed to White House.
They should be directed to load up transports, and start them as fast as loaded without wai on hand.
Consternation reigned there.
On the 12th Smith was ordered to move at night to White House, not to stop until he reached there, and to take boats at once for City Point, leaving his tr