War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0672 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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at once be appointed or assigned-an active, cool, and energetic man, who will take his position at once at some convenient point, and to whom the regiments and battalions of reserves to be devoted to this purpose could immediately report. General Kemper, I understand thinks he can spare 3,000 for this purpose. These sent at once under a good commander and stationed properly with some artillery could do most effectual service. Without them I do not see what can be done to protect our railroad communications, which are of vital importance to us. Allow me to urge this subject and that of stocking the roads upon your immediate attention.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE,


[First indorsement.]

JUNE 22, 1864.

Respectfully submitted for the information of the President.

By order of Secretary of War.


Assistant Secretary of War.

[Second indorsement.]

The Secretary of War being absent, instructions from the President are requested.


Assistant Secretary.

[Third indorsement.]

JUNE 22, 1864.


Have you good brigadier-general of Virginia for the assignment referred to within?

J. D.

PETERSBURG, June 21, 1864-10.34 a. m.

Brigadier General G. W. C. LEE,

Chafin's Bluff:

What is supposed strength of enemy's forces reported on Kingsland road and of what composed? Cooke's brigade is at Caly's house available to be sent if you need assistance, and directed to be prepared to move if ordered, either by rail or march by land.

In absence of General Lee:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHAFFIN'S BLUFF, June 21, 1864.

Colonel W. H. TAYLOR:

Your dispatch has been forwarded to General Custis Lee, who is on the New Market road. I had a note from him this morning from the Drill Room saying that the enemy was in front of Deep Bottom and he