may be ordered. Your position at City Point will be prepared for defense by a small force. General Grant crossed the North Anna near railroad bridge on the 22nd, and on the 23rd was moving on the South Anna.
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 24-9.40 p.m. [Received 10.10 a.m. 25th.]
Dispatches from General Grant, just received, report that yesterday the enemy were driven across the North Anna with severe loss, and our troops are pursuing. Negroes report that Lee is retreating to Richmond. General Grant says everything looks exceedingly favorable for us. Your dispatch of [12.20] this day is received and sent to General Grant.
E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
BERMUDA, May 24, 1864.
Captain Wise, who came here with General Meigs, came up from Jamestown Island, where he had been with dispatches, and reports an attack by the rebels on our troops at Wilson's Landing, and heard as he passed light musketry firing outside the works. He also passed a steamer with re-enforcements from Fort Powhatan. The affair appeared to be over when he left.
C. E. FULLER,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Quartermaster.
BERMUDA, MAY 24, 1864. [Received 12.10 a.m. 25th.]
Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,
Chief of Staff:
Steamers Patuxent and Johnson have been ordered to report at once to upper wharf on Appomattox, and they start immediately. Transportation will be in readiness here for the cavalry of Kautz's division.
GEO. S. DODGE,
Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.
JAMESTOWN, VA., May 24, 1864. [Received 10.30 a.m. 25th.]
General H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:
What has been done here is, first, to occupy and fortify a strong position as a depot and base; second, to demonstrate upon and
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