War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0815 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

May 21, 1864-4.15 p. m.

[General R. H. ANDERSON:]

GENERAL: General Early reports the enemy having left his front as far as the Gayle house. General Field has just advanced his skirmish line and taken 9 prisoners from Ninth Corps, which they say is in his front. Unless we can drive these people out, or find out whether they are all gone, we are detained here to our disadvantage.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE,

General.

SPOTSYLVANIA COURT-HOUSE, May 21, 1864.

(Received 8.40 a. m.)

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Hanover Junction:

I wish the troops from Richmond to continue route to me. Troops from the valley can halt for the present at the Junction.

R. E. LEE.

SPOTSYLVANIA COURT-HOUSE, May 21, 1864.

Major General J. C. BRECKINRIDGE:

Remain at Junction. Defend the position. Get up your transportation and be prepared to move. Fitz. Lee is following cavalry.

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

May 21, 1864-11.40.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Hanover Junction:

Enemy reported moving toward Richmond; one column by the Bowling Green road, another by Downer's Bridge from Guiney's toward Milford. Send out to ascertain approach of enemy, and notify General Fitz. Lee. Halt troops from Richmond at Junction. Remove stores from Chesterfield to Junction, and made every preparation to oppose him.

R. E. LEE.

HANOVER COURT-HOUSE, May 21, 1864.

General BRECKINRIDGE:

My scouts report no enemy on north side of Pamunkey River.

FITZ. LEE,

Major-General.

PEAKE'S STATION, May 21, 1864-8.15 a. m.

Colonel B. T. JOHNSON:

The enemy's cavalry in heavy force are again advancing up the Pamunkey River. They now occupy Hanover Court-House.

FITZ. LEE,

Major-General.