War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0940 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA, EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA Chapter LXIII.

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CHAFFIN'S, May 17, 1864.

General BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

Three boats off Cox's Mill moving slowly up with small baots in the advance, supposed to be feeling for torpedoes.

EPPA HUNTON,

Brigadier-General.

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CHAFFIN'S, May 17, 1864 - 4.45 p. m.

General BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

My scouting party has just returned and reports that they drove in the enemy's pickets and found him in large force on Malvern Hill. From observation and information from two prisoners captured, Colonel Rovins thinks there are three brigades on alvern Hill. He could form no idea whether or not here are other forces beyond Turkey Island Creek. The force that came up on my front last evening is represented by citizens who saw it pass to be 2,000 mounted infantry. The reconnaissance seems to have been well conducted and I hthink the information may be relied on. Fighting between Chffin's batteries and the gun- boats progressing.

EPPA HUNTON.

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CHAFFIN'S, May 17, 1864.

General BRAGG,

Richmon, d Va.:

I have sent a party of cavlry, with a small infantry support, to feel and ascertain the position and strngth of the enemy. I am satisfied from the information received that the enemy's cavalry is in strong force at Curl's Neck, unless the y have left in the last few hours The enemy's boats are only a few miles below. Two of them transports. Thy land some troops every day.

EPPA HUNTON,

Brigadier-General.

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WILLIAMSBURG ROAD, May 17, 1864 - 7 a. m.

General BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

Enemy drove in pickets of COlonel Robins and GeenrL Hunton on Kingsland road yesterday afternoon and advanced about two miles and then retired toward Malvern Hill, where, as far as I can learn, their cavalry still is. All quiet on my front this morning.

FITZ. LEE,

Major-General.

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WILLIAMSBURG, May 17, 1864 - 5.15 p. m.

GenerL BRAXTON BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

Scouts report no Yankees this side of Malvern Hill. Two pirsoners taken by COlonel Robins just fromC url['s Neck report that Sheridan has three brigades at Malvern Hill.

FITZ. LEE,

Major- General.

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