War of the Rebellion: Serial 097 Page 1362 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

March 28, 1865.

Lieutenant-General EARLY:

Dispatch of 27th received. Enemy's strength cannot be as large as reported. I would repress extravagant rumors. I regret paucity of your troops. Get them together and use them to best advantage. Great circumspection is necessary. Martin is directed to co-operate with you. McLaughlin's battalion will be ordered here. Sheridan has reached Grant's left. He may attempt to go to Lynchburg from this side.

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS,

March 29, 1865. (Via Petersburg. Received 1.45 o'clock.)

Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War, Richmond:

Enemy are reported to have crossed Hatcher's Run at Monk's Neck Bridge with infantry and cavalry, moving toward Dinwiddie Court-House.

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES,

March 29, 1865. (Received 11.15 p. m.)

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR,

Richmond:

The enemy crossed Hatcher's Run this morning at Monk's Neck Bridge with a large force of cavalry, infantry, and artillery, and to-night his left extended to Dinwiddie Court-House. Gregg's cavalry advanced a mile and a half on Ford's road toward the South Side Railroad. General Anderson moved out from his position and struck his column near the intersection of the Quaker road and Boydton plank road, but did not succeed in driving him back.

R. E. LEE.

(Copy sent to President.)

PETERSBURG, March 29, 1865.

(Received 1.50 o'clock.)

Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War:

Can you telegraph your views as to commander of Western Virginia about which I wrote yesterday? I think it necessary to act at once.

R. E. LEE.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE CONFED. STATES, Numbers 7.

March 29, 1865.

Lieutenant General J. A. Early is relieved from the command of the Department of Western Virginia and East Tennessee, and will repair to Lynchburg, Va., and there await orders. For the present Major General