HANOVER JUNCTION, May 24, 1864--6 a. m.
General BRAXTON BRAGG:
It is reported that the Sixth North Carolina Regiment and First North Carolina Battalion, Hoke's brigade, and Third Virginia Regiment, Kemper's brigade, did not accompany their brigades. Please send them if practicable.
R. E. LEE.
MAY 24, 1864--3.30 p. m.
GENERAL: I wish you would take position on General Field's right. General Rodes, who is acquainted with the ground and the direction of the line proposed to be taken in case of need, will point out the position to you. Strengthen this position and make yourself secure. Communicate with General Anderson.
R. E. LEE,
Near Chester, May 24, 1864--6.30 a. m.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:
All quiet last night. Deserters report no re-enforcements sent yet from Butler to Grant.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
NEAR CHESTER, May 24, 1864.
General B. BRAGG,
The Third Virginia and the Sixth North Carolina have already been ordered to their respective brigades. There are only four companies of the First Battalion North Carolina in the department. They are at Wilmington on heavy artillery duty. It is not reported as forming a part of Hoke's old brigade. Should it join the brigade?
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
SAMARIA CHURCH, May 24, 1864--5.30 a. m.
General B. BRAGG:
GENERAL: I have reached this point and will push ahead to Kennon's on river. Reports from three different scouts report Sheridan's cavalry corps to have crossed Pamunkey near White House, going up through King William to Grant. I think it would be as well to order Lomax, commanding the remainder of my troops at Atlee's, and all available cavalry at once up to General Lee, as a counteracting force. I can supply their places as I come back.