HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES, May 11, 1864.
Brigadier General J. H. WINDER,
The following dispatch just received from General Bragg is communicated to you as information:
BROOK TURNPIKE, May 11, 1864-9.30 a.m.
Colonel J. B. SALE:
General Stuart sends word enemy advancing on Brook turnpike 9 miles out, at Yellow Tavern, supposed 9,000 strong.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. B. SALE,
May 12, 1864. (Received Hanover Junction, 13th.)
Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:
This morning at dawn the enemy broke through that part of our line occupied by Johnson's division and gained possession of a portion of our breast-works, which he still holds. A number of pieces of artillery fell into his hands. The engagement has continued all day, and, with the exception indicated we have maintained our ground. In the beginning of the action we lost a large number of prisoners, but, thanks to a merciful Providence, our subsequent casualties were not large. Major-General Johnson and Brigadier-General Steaurt were taken prisoners. The brave General Perrin was killed, and Generals Walker (of the Stonewall Brigade) and Daniel severely wounded.
R. E. LEE,
[MAY 12, 1864.-For Lee to Breckinridge, relating to Averell's operations on Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, see Vol. XXXVII, Part I.]
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 111. Richmond, May 12, 1864.
I. Until further orders the heads of the various bureaus of the War Department will require their offices to be kept open by night as well as day, with an officer present to meet calls and carry out any special instructions that may require prompt attention: Quartermaster-General, Commissary-General, Chief of Ordnance, Chief of Engineer Bureau, Chief of Signal Corps, Chief of Niter and Mining Bureau, Surgeon-General, Chief of Bureau of Conscription.
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