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our left except small picket-posts. General Beauregard advised his friends to leave their homes last night, in the vicinity of Chester Court-House, but they returned early this morning.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. MARSTON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTY-NINTH REGIMENT,

May 14, 1864.

Captain DAVIS,

Asst. Adjt. General, Second Div., Tenth Army Corps:

SIR: Have my picket-line from the river on the right and a the pike on the left with advanced posts. The battery is placed to command the right and front on the hill in front of the hospital. I have arrested all stragglers, and have about 20 prisoners and 1 contraband, who tried to get through our lines toward Fort Darling. What shall I with them? I have no way to give them rations, and am increasing the number. They are from different regiments and brigades.

Yours, truly,

H. S. FAIRCHILD,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION,

May 14, 1864-4.45 a. m. (daylight.)

Colonel SHAFFER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: The night has passed without any disturbance or alarm of any kind. Everything is quiet, and no indications of the enemy at any point on my front.

Yours, &c.,

A. AMES,

Brigadier-General.

MAY 14, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER,

Commanding Department of Virginia, &c.:

GENERAL: I send you a copy* of dispatch just received from General Weitzel. I am trying to silence the enemy's guns, and waiting to hear from our extreme left before ordering an assault. I have already reported to you the whistling of trains on the railroad, but can say nothing definite in regard to them.

Respectfully, &c.,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

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