line Regiment; Lieutenant Colonel J. R. Murcnison, commanding Eighth North Carolina Regiment; Lieutenant Colonel C. W. Knight, commanding Thirty-first North Carolina Regiment. Colonel Radcliffe has been on duty once as general officer of the day.
Very respectfully, your, &c.,
R. F. HOKE,
[RICHMOND,] May 27, 1864.
Captain C. T. MASON:
Can you have Colonel Talcott informed that the Secretary of War has ordered the engineer troops, except the pontoon companies, to proceed to the Danville road via Richmond? The orders will be sent on the train which will bring the regiment up.
A. L. RIVES,
Colonel and Acting Chief Engineer.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
Atlee's, May 28, 1864-6 p. m.
Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:
SIR: The army if in front of this position extending toward Totopotomoy Creek. As far as I can ascertain none of the enemy have advanced south of the creek. I believe that he is assembling his army behind it. General Fitzhugh Lee's division of cavalry engaged the enemy's cavalry near Haw's Shop about noon to-day and drove them back upon their infantry, which prisoners stated to be the Fifth and Sixth Corps. I have not, however, received very definite information as yet either as regards their positions or numbers.
I am, with respect, your obedient servant,
R. E. LEE,
HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, Numbers 133.
May 28, 1864.
The troops under Brigadier-General Finegan and Perry's brigade are temporarily united for service under General Finegan, and will constitute a part of Anderson's division, Hill's corps.
By command of General R. E. Lee:
W. H. TAYLOR,
HEADQUARTERS PICKETT'S DIVISION,
Rose Cottage, May 28, 1864-1.30 p. m.
Colonel G. M. SORREL,
COLONEL: I have the honor to report my arrival at this point, the men much worn for want of food, although but little straggling. But in accordance with the suggestion of the major-general commanding I have halted here to wait for rations. In fact it is compulsory. It will be midnight, if not daylight, before we can get