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[First indorsement.]

JUNE 18, 1864.

ENGINEER BUREAU:

Have you taken any steps to have the timbers removed or the bridges destroyed across the Appomattox other than the one known, I believe, as Goode's Bridge? There is one near the terminus of Clover Hill Mountains, which would only cause, I am informed, a detour of from 3 to 5 miles. That, and indeed any others which might enable the raiding parties or the enemy's forces from above to cross, should be effectually crippled or destroyed at once.

J. A. SEDDON.

[Second indorsement.]

ENGINEER BUREAU,

June 200, 1864.

Respectfully returned to the honorable Secretary of War.

The partial destruction of Bevill's Bridge, & c., has been ordered.

A. L. RIVES,

Colonel and Acting Chief of Bureau.

[JUNE 12, 1864. - For Wise's congratulatory orders to his command for the defense of Petersburg on 9th instant, see Part II, p. 316.]

DREWRY'S BLUFF, June 16, 1864 - 8 p. m.

General WADE HAMPTON, Pole Cat Station:

Dispatches of to-day received. Our cavalry north and south of Chickahominy have been advised of movements of bearer of dispatches; also to endeavor to ascertain movements of Sheridan, and to unite with you when practicable to crush him. Keep them advised of his movements.

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

June 17, 1864.

General WADE HAMPTON,

Aenon Church (via Hanover Junction):

Grant's army is chiefly on south side of James River. Chambliss has been ordered to co-operate with you. Communicate with him.

R. E. LEE.

Telegraph operator please send.

C. S. VENABLE,

Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

June 18, 1864.

General WADE HAMPTON,

Aenon Church (via Hanover Junction):

If Sheridan escapes you and gets to his transports at the White House you must lose no time in moving your entire command to our right near Petersburg. Keep yourself thoroughly advised of his movements and intentions as far as practicable.

R. E. LEE,

General.