NEAR THE BRIDGE, May 12, 1864 - 6.10 p. m.
General R. E. LEE,
GENERAL: Unless otherwise ordered, Ishall keep up a strong line of picklets on the west side of the river fromteh bridte to Tinder's Mills. One regiment is at Shady Grove. GenerL Rosser will be at Poole's and I at Mrs. Powell's to-night. Will you instruct the infantry pickets to connect with mine at the river. prisoners taken to-day, as well as some yesterday, state positively that GenreL Sedgwick has been killed. They all concur in even the manner of his d4eath, and some women give me the same information . Everything is quiet in my front.
I am, veryrespetfully, yours,
Commanding officer on left will please read.
HANOVER JUNCTION, May 12, 1864.
GenerL R. E. LEE:
General Stluart fought the enemy last evening at Sheppard's on the Tleegraph raod, with Wickham's and Lomax's brigades. Gordon is on the Mountin road. Stuart fell back over the Chickahominy Half- Sink to Woolrick's SHop. The firing this morning is in that direction. They appear to be forcing their way down the Peninsula. As soon as I find themcoming this way Ishall obstruct the roads and impede their march. General Stuart wounded.
BRADLEY T. JOHNSON,
SWIFT CREEK, May 12, 1864.
General BRAXTON BRAGG:
All quiet last night and this mronign. I inspected yesterday defensive lines of Petersburg. Several works are out of shape and place. All the platforms are for barbette guns; they should be I deep embrasures, on account of enemy's sharpshooting. All trees and bushes for 1,200 yardsmust also be cut down.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
PETERSBURG, May 12, 1864.
I have sent sispatch to General Hoke, Drewry's Bluff, instrucitng him to obey the orders of the Secretary of War, and that I will join him with remainder forces as soon as they arrive.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
PETERSBURG, May 12, 1864 - 10.15 p. m.
GenerL B. BRAGG,
Tw hours since a force of enemy's cavalry appeared on turnpike near Swift Cereek bridge. Part of COlquitt's and Martin's briogades, just