War of the Rebellion: Serial 109 Page 0953 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.--CONFEDERATE.

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secure its success. A Washington telegram of the 11th, published in a Northern paper of the 13th, states that it is reported that the Tenth and Eighteenth Army Corps, now north of the James River, will be called to General Grant, as they are not strong enough to take Richmond, and too strong to be kept idle. The recent success of General Beauregard may induce the fulfillment of this report, if the idea was not previously entertained.

Your position will enable you to verify the supposition of Butler's withdrawal, and you will realize the importance of not allowing him to reach Grant before our forces, now confronting him, shall reach General Lee.

Very respectfully, yours,

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

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HANCOCK'S FARM,

May 20, 1864--6.30 a. m. (Via Chester.)

General BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

General Johnson's pickets in front of Howlett's, on James River, on left of line, report hearing enemy's steam-boat crossing and running river during the evening, below their position. The troops ordered yesterday moved immediately upon the reception of your order.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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HANCOCK'S HOUSE,

May 20, 1864--6.15 p. m. (Via Chester.)

General B. BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

We have driven back the enemy's line about a mile along the whole extent of his front, and have succeeded after a severe struggle in obtaining for ourselves the desired line. We have captured some prisoners. Firing ceased about an hour ago.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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HANCOCK'S HOUSE,

May 20, 1864--6.15 p. m. (Via Chester.)

General B. BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

Prisoners captured state that Butler has sent away no troops, but on the contrary was re-enforced yesterday by a brigade.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Hancock's, May 20, 1864--11 p. m. (Via Chester.)

General B. BRAGG:

The following just received from Colonel Baker, stationed at Fenley's farm:

Unusual activity among transports of the enemy. Quite a number of them have assembled at the bluff in front of Howlett's house and where the road runs to the river. Considerable noise is being made, bugles are sounding the assembly, and there is every indication of a movement.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General, Commanding.

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