Field Telegrams from Around Petersburg. 571
Headquarters Army Northern Virginia,
June i8, 1864. > General]. h.'^K^YN, Lynchburg, Virginia:
Grant is in front of Petersburg. Will be opposed there. Strike as quick as you can, and, if circumstances authorize, carry out the original plan or move upon Petersburg without delay.
R. E. Lee.
Petersburg, 10:34 A. M., June 21, 1864.
Brigadier- G enteral Q. W. C. Lee, Chaffin^ s Bluff :
What is supposed strength of enemy's force reported on Kingsland road, and of what composed ? Cooke's brigade is at Clay's House available to be sent if you need assistance, and directed to be prepared to move if ordered either by rail or march by land. In absence of General Lee,
W. H. Taylor, A. A. G.
Dunn's Mill, 22 F., 1864. General Heth:
Inform me of the state of affairs in your front and whether Cooke's and Davis's brigades are needed on that side of the river.
R. E. Lee, Ge?ieral.
F. 23, H. D., II K. 30 A. M. Colo7iel'W. H. Taylor:
All quiet in my front up to this hour. I am inclined to think that the report of Colonel Gary, stating that the enemy were cross- ing last night over the pontoon, much exaggerated. I will let you know the earliest moment I consider it safe to withdraw Colonel Gary and Davis from this side.
H. Heth, Major- General. D. H.
27 Hd. Via. Colonel V\f. H. Taylor:
All quiet in my front. I think if Cooke's and Davis's bri- gades are not, that they might be now ordered back. The enemy