War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0974 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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DREWRY'S BLUFF, [May] 7, 1864.

Major T. O. CHESTNEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I sent last night two wagons with ordnance to General Johnson. Have heard nothing from him. Please dispatch him and have the two wagons belonging to the post returned.

A. GRACIE, JR.,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

Via Orange Court-House, May 8, 1864. (Received 4.29.)

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:

The enemy has abandoned his position and is moving toward Fredericksburg. This army is in motion on his right flank, and our advance is now at Spotsylvania Court-House.

R. E. LEE.

NEAR SPOTSYLVANIA COURT-HOUSE,

Via Orange Court-House, May 8, 1864-2.30 p.m.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON:

After a sharp encounter with the First Army Corps (Warren's) and Torbert's division of cavalry, General R. H. Anderson with the advance of the army repulsed the enemy with heavy slaughter and took possession of the Court-House. I am the more grateful to the Giver of all victory that our loss is small.

R. E. LEE,

General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

May 8, 1864-9 p.m. (Via Orange Court-House, 9th.)

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:

After the repulse of the enemy from Spotsylvania Court-House this morning, receiving re-enforcements, he renewed the attack on our position, but was again handsomely driven back.

R. E. LEE.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, No. 123. May 8, 1864.

I. Lieutenant General A. P. Hill is relieved from duty on account of sickness. Major General J. A. Early is for the present detached from the command of his division of Ewell's corps and assigned to the command of Hill's corps during the absence of General Hill.

II. Hays' brigade, of Early's division, is transferred to Johnson's division, and will be united for service with Stafford's brigade of the same division. Each brigade will retain its present organization and the two be under the command of Brigadier-General Hays.

III. Lieutenant-General Ewell will transfer R. D. Johnston's or some other brigade of Rodes' division to Early's division.