War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1187 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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NEAR PETERSBURG, VA., August 18, 1864-3.40 p. m.

General R. E. LEE,

Chaffin's Bluff:

General Hill reports that prisoners taken state that two divisions of Fifth Corps are on railroad. Has Fifth Corps left your front?

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

NEAR PETERSBURG, VA., August 18, 1864-7 p. m.

General R. E. LEE,

Chaffin's Bluff:

General Dearing reports having checked enemy's advance at the Davis house, where they have formed strong line of battle in his front. He does think, however, the force more than a few regiments of infantry and one or two of cavalry. I have sent some infantry to his assistance.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

NEAR PETERSBURG, VA., August 18, 1864-7 p. m.

General R. E. LEE,

Chaffin's Bluff, Va.:

General Heth reports having driven enemy about one mile below Davis' house. Over 150 prisoners taken representing three divisions of Fifth Corps. Heth desires re-enforcements to complete his success. He has already all I can spare, three brigades infantry, which must return to vicinity of lines during night.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

DUNN'S HILL, August 18, 1864-10.45 p. m.

General R. E. LEE,

Chaffin's Farm:

General Hoke reports that the railroad to City Point has been used a great deal to-day by the enemy, and that they are still doing so; also that bands have been heard in that direction indicating the movement of troops.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

NEAR PETERSBURG, VA., August 18, 1864.

Major General J. F. GILMER,

Chief Engineer, Richmond, Va.:

General Lee, having moved his headquarters from here, it is probable Colonel Stevens will soon follow him; hence Colonel Harris, whose health, moreover, is not very good, cannot be spared for Mobile. Should General Lee not require Colonel Stevens he could be sent to that locality.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.