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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

December 23, 1864.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON, Secretary of War:

General Leventhorpe reports that he attacked the enemy's gun-boats yesterday off Poplar Point and drove them away. Our infantry kept up and fought them with determination for four miles. Colonel Whitford, who behaved with great gallantry on the occasion, was slightly wounded.

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

December 23, 1864.

General R. E. LEE, Commanding, Petersburg:

The last of Bratton's brigade left Richmond at daylight. The first of it has reached Gordonsville. Hunton's brigade has gotten off by this time. All possible expedition was used. Will ascertain if Gregg crosses the river.

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

December 23, 1864.

Major-General PICKETT, Commanding Division:

Your report of the movement of five regiments moving toward Fort Harrison has been received. If you discover any indications of a serious move against us on this side order General Grimes over.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

December 23, 1864.

Colonel T. M. LOGAN:

You will keep your scouts out and ascertain and report any movements of the enemy's cavalry from the south side to this side of the James. It is expected that Gregg's division of cavalry will cross the river and endeavor to unite with the cavalry under Torbert near Gordonsville.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Major-General Field.)

HEADQUARTERS,

Richmond, December 23, 1864.

General CUSTIS LEE, Chaffin's Bluff:

The following is just received from General Longstreet: 'General Pickett reports five regiments moving toward Fort Harrison." Keep General Ewell informed as to enemy's movements.

By order of General Ewell:

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.