1180 OPERATIONS IN E. VA. AN N. C. (CHAP.
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
On Thursday morning early the enemy assailed in force exterior line
near Chaffin's, and captured and held Fort Harrison. Pressing onward
toward city, they were repulsed with loss from Fort Gilmer and driven
back, a small advance party of cavalry meantime approaching and
threatening the interior line, and afterward retiring without attack. On
following day, under direction of General Lee, an assault made to recover
Fort Harrison, though partially sucessful, failed; interior line now con-
sidered well guarded. A successful attack on the enemy on Squirrel
Level road by Generals Heth and Hampton, resulting in severe punish-
ment to enemy and capture of about 900 prisoners, is just reported, also
several small but decided successes in East Tennessee and the Valley.
In Valley now no enemy south of North River. Your telegrams of 28th
and 30th attended to.
J. A. SEDDON
Secretary of 'War.
[OCTOBER 1, 1864.—For Lee to Seddon, reporting engagement of
Heth and Hampton with enemy on September 30, see Part I, p. 852.]
Hon. J. A. SEDDON:
Your telegram received. General Gary has not sent to me for artil-
lery, and if he has called upon General Pemberton he should have
sent it. Is General Pemberton in command of the artillery of the line
of work, or who is?
R. E. LEE.
Lieut. Col. JOHN M. OTEY,
Assistant Adjutant-General :
COLONEL: I have received your communication advising me that
Wise's brigade had been ordered back, and that Lieutenant-General
Hill suggests that it would perhaps be [better] to place it in reserve, as
it may be wanted to-morrow. I shall conform to the suggestion, and
shall place Wise's brigade in reserve to-night. I trust my motives and
views will be rightly appreciated when I say that, as far as practicable,
I would like to keep my command together, and fight the brigades of
which it is composed together. I think my troops may do better service
in this way, therefore if equally satisfactory to the Lieutenant-General.
I would prefer relieving a number of troops on my right, equal to the
strength of Wise's brigade, and by this means enable General Mahone
to have the command of his own troops instead of mine.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. R. JOHNSON,
RICHMOND, VA., October 1, 1864.
CHAFFIN'S, October 1, 1864.
(Received 6.10 p. m.)
HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,
Petersburg, Va., October 2, 1864.