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NEAR PETERSBURG, VA., August 19, 1864-8 p. m.

Captain A. R. CHISOLM,

Aide-de-Camp, Spotswood House, Richmond, Va.:

Should you not be able to obtain an answer to my letter see Secretary of War on the subject and return as soon as practicable. We have just defeated the enemy on Weldon road near here. Captured large numbers of prisoners.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

HEADQUARTERS BATTALION,

Friend's Farm, August 19, 1864.

General W. N. PENDLETON,

Chief of Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia:

GENERAL: In compliance with your instructions received last night, Captain Penick is sent with thirty men to report to Colonel Walker. We will make out to man his guns in case they are needed. We are not altogether idle here; a moderate fire is kept up at night on the enemy at Dutch Gap, where it is pretty well ascertained they are cutting a channel. Two of my companies, Utterback's and Williams', were sent to Colonel Carter a few days since in obedience to order from General Lee.

I am, general, with high respect, your obedient servant,

W. T. POAGUE,

Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.

[AUGUST 20, 1864.-For Lee to Seddon and Beauregard to Seddon, reporting engagement on Weldon railroad, 19th, see Part I, pp. 851, 858.]

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 197.

Richmond, August 20, 1864.

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XXIV. Major J. R. Braithwaite, quartermaster, Provisional Army, C. S., is assigned to duty with Brigadier General J. A. Walker, commanding forces on line of Richmond and Danville Railroad, and will report accordingly.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNumbers WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEAR PETERSBURG, VA., August 20, 1864-8.15 a. m.

General R. E. LEE,

Chaffin's Bluff, Va.:

General Gill reports enemy still occupying part of railroad where he is fortifying. Am endeavoring to make necessary arrangements to dislodge him to-day, if practicable.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.