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“ [347] both upon railroad and Vaughan road.” I have ordered two brigades of infantry to support General Dearing. They must return to-night to their positions.


near Petersburg, August 18th, 1864--7 P. M.
General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff:
General Dearing reports having checked enemy's advance at the “Davis house,” where they have formed strong line of battle in his front; he does not think, however, the force more than a few regiments of infantry and one or two of cavalry. I have sent some infantry to his assistance.


near Petersburg, August 18th, 1864--3.40 P. M.
General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff:
General Hill reports that prisoners taken state that two divisions of Fifth corps are on railroad. Has Fifth corps left your front?


near Petersburg, Virginia, August 19th, 1864--8 A. M.
General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff:
Three divisions of enemy reported still in position, fortifying where repulsed last evening near Davis House, on Weldon railroad. I will endeavor to-day to dislodge him with four brigades of our infantry and the division of cavalry you have promised. Result would be more certain with a stronger force of infantry.

Signal station reports just now one brigade of infantry, one hundred wagons and forty-nine ambulances, passing towards our front on Military road, road in rear of Battery Five.


August 21ST, 1864--10 A. M.
Major-General C. W. Field, via Chaffin's Bluff:
If all the enemy have left, send as many of your brigades as you can spare. If Gregg has left, request Hampton to report to me.

R. E. Lee, General. Official: W. H. Taylor, A. A. G.

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