Chickahominy, and, as I wrote you, Chambliss moved to the left last night.
W. H. F. LEE,
I send a courier, who will remain with you, to bring any dispatches that may be sent through you from Chambliss.
W. H. F. L.
ASHLAND, June 9, 1864.
General R. E. LEE:
Head of column reached this place at 12 m. to-day. It is reliably reported that Sheridan, with two divisions of cavalry, numbering about 5,000, with fifteen pieces of artillery and fifteen wagons, encamped last night at Reedy's Mill, Caroline County. He is reported moving to-day toward Chilesburg. His advance reached that place at 2 p. m. Prisoners taken from him say that he is going to assist Hunter to join Grant.
JUNE 9, 1864.
Colonel W. H. TAYLOR,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of Northern Virginia:
COLONEL: I am now at Chesterman's Cross-Roads, where Hanover Court-House road and road to Haw's Shop intersect, near where General Breckinridge's works were.
J. R. CHAMBLISS,
I send a note to General W. H. F. Lee through you, as he directed. Please forward.
J. R. C.
DUNLOP'S HOUSE, June 9, 1864--7 a. m.
All quiet this morning. Affair of yesterday demonstrates fully bad system of defensive works constructed for Petersburg. When will our engineers adopt strong detached inclosed works in preference to elongated and weak continuous lines requiring a large army to hold them?
G. T. BEAUREGARD,
DUNLOP'S HOUSE, June 9, 1864--5.30 p. m.
General B. BRAGG:
Prisoners taken report enemy's force which attacked Petersburg to consist of six regiments infantry and cavalry and three light batteries with intention of tearing up railroad this side Stony Creek.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.