War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1202 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS, August 24, 1864-2.45 p. m.

General HAMPTON:

GENERAL: Your note of 2.30 is received. General Heth's division will also move down the railroad, and General Hill will go in command. I wish you to report to him, and do all in your power to punish to enemy. You ought to have out your scouts to ascertain their position and the best point to attack them.

Very respectfully,

R. E. LEE,

General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, August 25, 1864.

Major General G. E. PICKETT,

Hancock's House:

Your telegram of 24th received. If you can make any demonstration on any part of your line it may be advantageous.

R. E. LEE.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF N. CAROLINA AND SOUTHERN VA., August 25, 1864.

General PICKETT:

Hoke's mine failed to explode from some nameless cause in the gallery. It will be tried again soon. Have your re-enforcements arrived?

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CHESTERFIELD, August 25, 1864.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD:

So much the better. Only one division has yet arrived from Richmond.

G. E. PICKETT,

Major-General.

PETERSBURG, VA., August 25, 1864.

Major General G. E. PICKETT,

Hancock's House:

You will please send at once the following dispatch by signal via Dunn's house to General Beauregard:

General G. T. BEAUREGARD:

Have felt enemy in my front and discovered force. Am prepared on my line.

G. E. PICKETT,

Major-General.

An answer will be sent you by signals which will be unintelligible to you.* Take no notice of it.

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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*See intercepted dispatch Beauregard to Pickett, 2.30 p. m., p.468.

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