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SHADY GROVE CHURCH, June 1, 1864 - 4 p. m.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Hancock's House:

General Grant appears to be gradually approaching the York River Railroad. Whether with a view of touching the James River or not I cannot ascertain. I am ignorant of the movements of the enemy in your front, or whether it would be in your power to take position north of James River.

R. E. LEE,

General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF N. C. AND S. VA., Numbers 17.

June 1, 1864.

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II. Colonel William Butler is hereby relieved from command of the First Military District and is assigned to the command of the defenses of Petersburg and garrison, including sub-district between Appomattox and Swift Creek. The attention of Colonel Butler is particularly called to the defense of the line between Appomattox and Swift Creek.

III. The commanding general, feeling the importance of the proper defense of the First Military District, and the want of an officer of rank and experience to conduct military operations therein, Brigadier General H. A. Wise is hereby detached from his brigade and will immediately assume command of the forces in the district before mentioned.

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V. General Johnson will make necessary arrangements to occupy the line from the river battery by Mrs. Clay's house, thence to intersection of turnpike road - that is, the first line occupied by Hoke's and Hill's divisions - with pickets thrown out well in advance.

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VIII. The limits of the First Military District are hereby extended so as to include all that portion of the department between the James and Roanoke Rivers, excluding the defenses immediately around Richmond on the south side of the James River.

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By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHAFFIN'S BLUFF, June 1, 1864 - 9 p. m.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD:

Pickets report that early this morning heavy clouds of dust arose in rear of Butler's force moving down to Bermuda Hundred, the same occurring at 3 o'clock and continuing until 5 p. m. A boat towing two barges passed up loaded with men.

A. GRACIE, JR.,

Brigadier-General.

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