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batteries command the road. We made a successful demonstration on his right flank yesterday, driving in all his advanced parties from their rifle-pits, nearly three-quarters of a mile, to their main line at Darden's Mill Dam.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

SUFFOLK, April 25, 1863-4.30 p. m.

Major-General DIX:

Several regiments are here whose terms expire in few days. What shall I do with them?

Two deserters state clearly that General Garnett's brigade has joined within three days from North Carolina; also that troops are expected from Fredericksburg.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, April 25, 1863.

Major-General PECK,

Commanding, Suffolk;

On Tuesday two heavy guns, drawn each by 10 horses, passed down the Blackwater on the way to Suffolk.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

SUFFOLK, VA., April 25, 1863.

Major-General DIX:

It only goes to show that they have no idea of leaving. The impression is that new troops are arriving. One brigade is certainly here from North Carolina. Several bands of music were playing last evening on the high ground. When will the other 10-pounder Parrotts be up? We need more in the field-works in order to release the horse batteries. Not less than twenty pieces are requisite for General Getty's line, which reduces our stock.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

[APRIL, 25, 1863.]

General HOOKER:

One brigade has just joined Longstreet from Carolina. He is bringing very heavy artillery. He means to take his time.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Dept, of North Carolina, New Berne, April 25, 1863.

Major General JOHN A. DIX,

Commanding Department of Virginia;

MY DEAR GENERAL: I have received your letter of the 24th, and in accordance with you request am now starting as strong force as I can spare to make an attack on D. H. Hill, at Kinston.