SWIFT CREEK, June 14, 1864 - 9.50 a. m.
(Through Commanding Officer, Drewry's Bluff.)
Beg favor of a boat at Bluff; say noon. Am ordered by general to visit you. Must first examine pontoon bridge. Would be glad of an officer's assistance.
G. W. LAY,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF N. CAROLINA AND SOUTHERN, VA., June 14, 1864.
Major General R. F. HOKE, Drewry's Bluff:
GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you move at once, as rapidly as possible, with your division, to Petersburg, leaving one brigade at Walthall Junction.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNumbers M. OTEY,
JUNE 14, 1864.
General BRAGG, Richmond:
My troops are on the march. Will camp half a mile from Drewry's Bluff, on the river road.
R. G. HOKE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, June 15, 1864 -6 p. m.
Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR, Richmond, Va.:
SIR: After the withdrawal of our cavalry yesterday evening from in front of the enemy's works at Harrison's Landing his cavalry again advanced on the Salem Church road, and this morning were reported in some force on that road and at Malvern Hill. General William H. F. Lee easily drove back the force at the latter point, which retreated down the river road beyond Carter's Mill. A brigade of infantry was sent to support the cavalry on the road to Smith's Store and drove the enemy to that point without difficulty. Nothing else of importance has occurred to-day.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. E. LEE,
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
No. 139. Richmond, June 15, 1864.
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XX. All officers exercising separate commands in the States of Virginia and North Carolina will report to and receive orders from General R. E. Lee.
By command of Secretary of War: