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SUFFOLK, VA., April 19, 1863.

Major-General DIX:

General Getty, in conjunction with Lieutenant Lamson's boats, has just stormed the heavy battery at the West Branch, and after severe fighting carried it. Captured six guns and 200 of the Forty-fourth Alabama. Crossed in boats.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, April 19, 1863.

Major-General PECK,

Commanding, Suffolk:

I have received your gratifying dispatch. General Getty and the officers and men engaged in storming the battery have my warmest thanks for their gallant conduct. It will be an example for the forces under your command which cannot fail to give us the happiest results.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

SUFFOLK, VA., April 19, 1863.

Major-General DIX:

I see notices from Admiral Lee of doings here, but nothing that I have reported-the silencing of the ten-gun battery on Tuesday by the land batteries and the skirmishing of Colonel Foster.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, April 19, 1863.

Major-General PECK,

Commanding, Suffolk:

I have regularly telegraphed all that has been done. I send a summary this evening to General Halleck, which I trust will appear and show that the army has not been idle.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, April 19, 1863. (Received 8.20 p.m.)

Major-General HEINTZELMAN,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: You will immediately prepare for embarkation, and send to General Dix at Fort Monroe about 4,000 infantry, so as to make in all sent to him about 10,000 men. General Meigs will give you transportation as rapidly as possible.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, New Berne, N. C., April 19, 1863.

Major-General HALLECK,

General-in-Chief, Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: By officers just in from Washington, N. C., I learn that the enemy have all gone from the vicinity of that place. The places