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near Petersburg, Virginia, August 17th, 1864--10 A. M.
General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff:
All quiet here yesterday and last night. No material change reported in enemy's movements or position. Thirty-six wagons and ten ambulances passed this morning on Military road, rear Battery Five, going in direction of City Point.

near Petersburg, August 17th, 1864--5 P. M.
General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff:
Have ordered over batteries to open daily for thirty minutes at 2 and 3 A. M., to prevent enemy's concentration of troops for an attack.

near Petersburg, August 18th, 1864--10.15 A. M.
General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff:
Following dispatch just received from General Dearing: “Enemy has driven in my pickets and reserve in front of Yellow House. I am just going up with another regiment. Colonel Taliaferro reports them in force with infantry and cavalry.” Can any cavalry reinforcements be sent him? I have none here.

Petersburg, 18th August, 1864.
Colonel Garnett, Commanding Hicksford:
Enemy reported on railroad at Yellow House, both infantry and cavalry. Be on the alert.

George William Brent, Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General. Same also to Colonel Armistead, Weldon.

near Petersburg, 18th August, 1864--12 M.
General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff:
Artillery firing of this morning has developed nothing. General Dearing reported just now “enemy is advancing in force, ”

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