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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 14 (search)
as captured, but not permanently held. Telegrams sent by General Lee on June 17 show how completely mystified he was, even at that late day, in regard to Grant's movements. At 12 M. he sent a despatch to Beauregard, saying: Until I can get more definite information of Grant's movements, I do not think it prudent to draw more troops to this side of the river. At 1:45 P. M. he telegraphed: Warren's corps crossed the Chickahominy at Long Bridge on the 13th; . . . that night it marched to Westover. Some prisoners were taken from it on the 14th; have not heard of it since. At 4:30 he sent Beauregard another despatch, saying: Have no information of Grant's crossing the James River, but upon your report have ordered troops up to Chaffin's Bluff. Grant, on the contrary, had ascertained from watchers on Butler's tall signal-tower, which had been erected at Bermuda Hundred, just how many railway-trains with troops had passed toward Petersburg, and learned from the columns of dust that l