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FORT MONROE, VA., May 4, 1863.

Major-General PECK, Commanding, Suffolk:

It is not best to interrupt the pursuit of the enemy; but our troops should be recalled the moment the enemy crosses the Blackwater. I would rather have Gordon or Getty. The movement to be made is an important one and needs experience in command. But your safety must be consulted.

The enemy will not be likely to return unless Hooker fails.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, May 4, 1863.

Major-General PECK, Commanding, Suffolk:

Do you mean to say that all the forces before Suffolk have moved for the Blackwater, including Pickett's division? Advise me as soon as possible. I do not quite understand your dispatch.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, May 4, 1863.

Major-General PECK:

Defer till to-morrow.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, May 4, 1863.

Major-General PECK, Commanding, Suffolk:

Let General Gordon be ready with 6,000 men. The movement must commence to-morrow. I will advise you. Let General Getty take 110 of the Ninth New York. I may want the rest to save the Third New York-one of the finest regiments in service. Will know in two or three days.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

MAY 4, 1863-about 7 a. m.

Major-General PECK, Suffolk, Va.:

Nothing of positive nature with regard to Hood and Pickett. Among 800 or 1,000 prisoners yesterday statements to any one talking to them was to effect that Hood and Pickett were due here last night, and we should soon hear from them. The most reliable information I have had is from a deserter, a resident of Orleans County, New York, conscripted in a Louisiana regiment, who stated that on Saturday, while detailed to the rear, their columns engaged to cook provisions, a force about equal to two brigades marched by. Conversing with the troops he asked whose they were. They said they were Hood's division. They are being re-enforced in some measure from below-whether from your