War of the Rebellion: Serial 026 Page 0408 NORTH CAROLINA AND S. E. VIRGINIA. Chapter XXX.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Fort Monroe, Va., September 27, 1862.

Major General JOHN J. PECK, Commanding at Suffolk:

GENERAL: I have ordered Captain Davis' battery to you from Yorktown. I will direct General Viele, in case of any sudden emergency, to execute any order you may give him. His force is small, and I do not wish it disturbed except in an exigency so pressing as to render consultation with me dangerous.

The Morse draws so much water that she cannot safely go higher up the Nansemond. Admiral Lee has promised me another gunboat of less draught, and I will ask him to put her under your orders so that she can take the place of the West End in case of need.

I trust the telegraph line will be completed to-day so that our communications may be more regular.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

FLAG-SHIP MINNESOTA,

Newport News, September 28, 1862.

Major General JOHN A. DIX, Commanding Seventh Army Corps:

GENERAL: I have the honor to transmit herewith blank certificates for the use of army transports outward bound from Yorktown and vicinity, to be presented to the naval guard vessel in York River. I beg you will cause these to be sent to the provost-marshal at Yorktown.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, yours,

S. P. LEE,

Acting Rear-Admiral.

UNITED STATES FLAG-SHIP MINNESOTA,

Newport News, Va., September 27, 1862.

Major General JOHN A. DIX, U. S. A.,

Commanding Seventh Army Corps, Fort Monroe, Va.:

GENERAL: I have to request that all army transports, before attempting to pass in or out through the blockade of James River or to and from the Nansemond River, may be directed to stop and show to the senior naval officer off Newport News the authority and object for their passing the blockade. It will not answer to allow any vessel or steamboat, though hoisting a white flag, to pass unquestioned and unknown.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, yours,

S. P. LEE,

Actg. Rear-Admiral, Commanding N. Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Fort Monroe, Va., September 28, 1862.

Actg. Rear-Admiral S. P. LEE,

Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron:

ADMIRAL: I supposed all vessels going into the James River or the Nansemond reported. Colonel Ludlow, one of my aides, who went to Aiken's Landing with flag of truce twice, told me he reported to Captain Rodgers on both occasions, before you came from Norfolk. The