NEAR CHESTER, VA., June 1, 1864 - 7.30 p. m.
Major General D. H. HILL,
Commanding at Petersburg, Va.
(Care Colonel Butler):
I reconnoitered Cobb's to-day; saw officer and troops there. Will order Johnson to capture some prisoners to-night, or make a forced reconnaissance to-morrow morning at daylight. Have authorized General Dearing to make expedition against enemy's transports.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,
June 1, 1864.
GENERAL: All quiet in our front. The enemy burned two houses in front of the center of Brigadier-General Ransom's brigade late last evening. The woods caught fire from the houses, which came near to our picket-lines.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. O. WATTS,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
The work is still going on under the direction of Major Bryan and Lieutenant Postell, Engineer Corps.
G. O. WATTS,
Major, & c.
GOLDSBOROUGH, June 1, 1864.
(Received 9.40 p. m.)
General B. BRAGG:
The following just received from Kinston:
Enemy's cavalry, 700 strong, were just below Trenton to-day at 12 o'clock. Scouts could not ascertain whether they were moving on railroad to Kinston or would take the Duplin road. Could not learn whether they had any infantry; two pieces of artillery were seen. Scouts from New Berne informed me just before this information reached me, that an expedition was on foot to destroy the gun-boat. Can you spare me troops? I think they are coming here.
G. N. FOLK,
J. H. WINDER,
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant and Inspector General.
I know of no troops except the reserves. This application should have been made to General Beauregard, commanding the department.