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RICHMOND, May 6, 1864.

Brigadier General B. R. JOHNSON:

Has Hagood's brigade left yet for Walthall Junction? Answer immediately.

T. O. CHESTNEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[MAY 6, 1864.-For Ransom to Johnson, directing movement on Port Walthall Junction, see p. 239.]

DREWRY'S BLUFF, May 6, 1864-9 p.m.

Brigadier-General JOHNSON,

Commanding Brigade:

GENERAL: The following dispatch received:

If the enemy attack Drewry's, Johnson is directed to attack in rear immediately and with vigor. As he may not receive the order, which will be sent by courier, please endeavor to communicate this order to him.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. GRACIE, JR.,

Brigadier-General.

RICHMOND, May 7, 1864.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Dalton, Ga.:

There has been two days' fighting at Rapidan. On the 5th the enemy made repeated and desperate assaults, which were each time repulsed with heavy loss to them in killed and prisoners. Yesterday's fight resulted in our turning the enemy's left and driving him before us, leaving his killed and wounded on the field. Our loss small in killed.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, May 7, 1864. (Received 8th.)

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:

General Gordon turned the enemy's extreme right yesterday evening, and drove him from his rifle-pits. Among the prisoners captured were Generals Seymour and Shaler. A number of arms were also taken. The enemy has abandoned the Germanna Ford road, and removed his pontoon bridge toward Ely's. There has been no attack to-day; only slight skirmishing along the lines.

R. E. LEE,

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 107. Richmond, May 7, 1864.

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XVI. Major General Lafayette McLaws will immediately rejoin his command.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.