off the wires here. The troops coming from New York have been assigned to Genl Burnside." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid. O. R., I, xxxiii, 956.
On April 27, Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler telegraphed to USG. "Col Rowley has arrived. but one iron clad here yet. three more to come. will not be here before Sunday. General Gilmore not before Saturday if then. Six regiments of his troops behind two of which are near Washington" DfS (telegram sent), DLC-Benjamin F. Butler; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxiii, 1000.
By Telegraph from Culpepper C. H. 1.30 P. M.
Dated April 24th 1864.
To MAJ GEN'L B F BUTLER COM'D'G
A Richmond paper of the 22nd brought in by a deserter, reports Capture of Plymouth with one General, 2500 prisoners, and all the stores. 1 I do not think it advisable to attempt the re-capture if this is true.
What are your preparations for for holding Washington N. C.? It will be much better to hold Newberne strongly, than to have little posts picked up in detail
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DLC-Benjamin F. Butler; DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 967. On April 24, 1864, 3:00 P. M., Act. Rear Admiral S. Phillips Lee, U. S. S. Minnesota, telegraphed to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles the news of the capture of Plymouth, N. C., and a copy was sent to USG. Telegram received, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiii, 967. See ibid., pp. 278‐ 305.
On April 25, 11:30 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "I want Genl Butler to hold Newbern at all hazards but would prefer him to remove every thing from Washington to having our little force in North Caralina picked up in detail, or to being forced to abandon our offensive operations to defend them" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 45, 59. O. R., I, xxxiii, 979. See ibid., p. 990.
On April 27,11:00 A. M., Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler telegraphed to USG. "Despatches from Newbern All quiet at Newbern & Little Washington. Deserter captured reports Martins Brigade of which he was a member and other