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The Eighteenth Corps at Cold Harbor. by William Farrar Smith, Brevet Major-General, U. S. A. On the 27th of May an order came from Washington to me near Bermuda Hundred to concentrate sixteen thousand men under my command ready for removal by water to a point opposite White House on the Pamunkey, there to protect a corps of bridge-builders. On the 28th I received the following order: Headquarters, in the field, May 28th, 1864. Major-General Smith, Commanding Eighteenth Corps:
exactly known by the rebels the moment you start.
Indeed, they have already predicted it in their newspapers. . . . Benjamin F. Butler, Major-General Commanding.
In half an hour after the receipt of this order my troops were moving to Bermuda Hundred and City Point for embarkation.
Learning at Fort Monroe by a telegram on the 29th that the Army of the Potomac had crossed the Pamunkey, I determined to land the troops directly at White House, and the debarkation began there on the morni