HANOVER COURT-HOUSE, VA., August 26, 1862.
Genreal G. W. SMITH,
I have just scouted to three miles of Fredericksburg. No enemy nearer than that town; none below for many miles, except on the north side of the river. Scouts just returned from Williamsburg. Enemy's rear guard their two days ago. Numerous transports at Bigler's wharf-none higher up. Gloucester nor from King and Quenn. I am about to call in all myoutposts and join General Hampton.
Your obedient servant,
L. LUCIUS DAVIS,
Colonel Tenth Cavalry.
HEADQUARTERS CHAFFIN'S BLUFF,
August 27, 1862-3 p. m.
General H. A. WISE,
Commanding Wise's Brigade:
GENERAL: The enemy's fleet is not to be seen from the lowest station, Gill's farm. Vedettes have been sent from there to ascertain the position and number of the fleet, and as soon as I receive the information I will send it to you. I have no idea that the fleet is above City Point.
I am, general, very respectfully,
J. M. MAURY,
Captain, C. S. Army, Commanding.
GILL'S FARM, August 27, 1862.
The fleet has anchored between Bermuda Hundred and the mouth of the Appomattox. Consists of Monitor, Galena, and two ships of sixteen guns each, one of ten guns, three small gun-boats, and one schooner.
Captain, Signal Corps.
Received at Chaffin's Bluff at 4.45 p. m.
J. M. MAURY,
DREWRY'S BLUFF, VIRIGINIA,
August 28, 1862.
SECRETARY OF THE NAVY,
The enemy's fleet have left the anchorage and arE moving down the river.
S. S. LEE,
(Same to General G. W. Smith, Richmond.)