War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0872 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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ion, were withdrawn from here, it would become necessary to abandon our lines in front of Bermuda Hundred Neck, to assume a strategic position at Port Walthall Junction, thence to protect Drewry's Bluff, the railroad, and Petersburg.

The iron-clad gun-boats should guard the crossing of James River as far below Chaffin's Bluff as practicable. If Johnson's division were ordered to the north side of James River it would then be necessary to occupy the Junction with at least one brigade of infantry, assisted by such cavalry - at least two regiments - as might be spared from General Dearing's brigade, or other cavalry in the field, to watch closely in front of the enemy's lines across Bermuda Hundred Neck and give timely notice of any offensive movement from that quarter.

I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 129.

Richmond, June 3, 1864.

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II. At his own request Lieutenant Colonel T. G. Williams, commissary of subsistence, is relieved from duty in the office of the Commissary-General, and is temporarily assigned to duty with Brigadier General J. L. Kemper, commanding reserve forces of Virginia.

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XVI. Brigadier General John H. Winder is assigned to the command of the post at Andersonville, Ga., to which he will proceed with the least practicable delay.

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By command of Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF N. C. AND S. VA., Numbers 18.

June 3, 1864.

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II. Ransom's brigade will proceed with the least delay practicable, crossing the river at Drewry's Bluff, to Bottom's Bridge and report to the officer commanding at that point. The brigade will move immediately.

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By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHAFFIN'S BLUFF, June 3, 1864.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD:

Some five or six transports were seen lying off Bermuda Hundred last night. Weather so hazy enemy's movements on south side could not be discerned.

A. GRACIE, JR.,

Brigadier-General.