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HEADQUARTERS,

Drewry's Bluff, June 17, 1864-10 p. m.

Lieutenant-General HILL,

Riddell's Shop, via Meadow Station, York River Railroad:

Move your command promptly at 3 a. m. to-morrow for Chaffin's Bluff. Cross the river and move to the Petersburg turnpike; there await further orders. Send to examine about bridges.

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.

CLAY'S HOUSE, June 17, 1864 -3.30 p. m.

Major General W. H. F. LEE,

Malvern Hill, via Meadow Station:

Push after enemy and endeavor to ascertain what has become of Grant's army. Inform General Hill.

R. E. LEE.

HDQRS. ARTY. CORPS, ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

June 17, 1864.

Brigadier General G. W. C. Lee,

Commanding Richmond Defenses:

GENERAL: Will you be so good as to let me know, if yourself informed, where the Whitworth gun is, with the detachment serving it? The gun was, you remember, near Bottom's Bridge. Can you also inform me where the two battalions of artillery are now stationed which were on Monday in position between Crouch's and Bottom's Bridge, viz, Lieutenant-Colonel Lightfoot's and the Washington Artillery?

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. N. PENDLETON,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery.

CHAFFIN'S FARM, June 17, 1864.

General W. N. Pendleton,

Chief of Artillery, &c.:

GENERAL: When I left Bottom's Bridge the Whitworth gun was near Savage Station, York River Railroad. Colonel Lightfoot's and Colonel Eshleman's battalions of artillery were stationed at the fords from Fisher's to Crouch's, both inclusive. I think one battalion there would be sufficient, although I do know what is the state of affairs