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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

September 29, 1864.

Brigadier General JOHN GREGG, Chaffin's Bluff:

Telegram received. Similar report had first been received from pickets on south side. Endeavor to ascertain nature of movement and of what enemy's force is composed. General Field, with three brigades, has been ordered to north side.

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

September 29, 1864.

Colonel G. H. TERRETT, Drewry's Bluff:

Telegram received. Can you not send a force to defend the bridge above Chaffin's from this end? Communicate with commander of James River Squadron and request him to see to protection of bridge by his boats.

R. E. LEE,

HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

September 29, 1864 - 11.15 p. m.

Lieutenant-Colonel OTEY, Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: Your communication of this date, inquiring if I can extend to the right so as to relieve Cooke's brigade, has been received. In reply, I have simply to state that I will relieve Cooke's brigade, and have given the necessary orders to accomplish that object.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. R. JOHNSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

September 29, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel JOHN M. OTEY, Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: My assistant adjutant-general, Captain Foote, has perhaps informed you that the authority to stop the movement for relieving Cooke's brigade could not be communicated before we had covered his position. If this brigade is not withdrawn form the city to-night I would suggest that it should be placed in vicinity of Blandford cemetery as a reserve force, or a regiment of it might be placed at each of the salients on my line - Colquitt's, Elliott's, Gracie's - and the left of my line in reserve.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. R. JOHNSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

Petersburg, September 29, 1864.

General BAKER, Goldsborough, N. C.:

Procure negro labor and finish works and redoubts at Weldon as soon as possible. Strengthen them thoroughly with abatis.

R. E. LEE.