<br /> Lee Letter: g198

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: John C. Breckinridge

Hon. Secy. War,

Genl. Gordon reports that the enemy, at 11 P.M. yesterday, advanced against a part of his line defended by Brig. Genl. Lewis, but was repulsed. The line of Artillery and Mortars continued for several hours with considerable activity. No damage on our lines reported.

The enemy still maintains his position West of Hatcher’s Run, occupying Dinwiddie C.H. with Sheridan’s Cavalry. Skirmishing was frequent along the lines to-day, but no serious attack. Part of Merritt’s Division, under Genl. Gibbs, attacked Genl. Fitz Lee twice this morning at Five Forks, but was repulsed. About 3 P.M., Fitz Lee attacked him and drove him from his position, capturing a few prisoners. The force of the enemy West of Hatcher’s Run consists of the fifth Corps, part of the second and part of the sixth, with Gregg’s and Sheridan’s Cavalry.

(Signed) R. E. Lee

[Endorsed] Resp. Submitted for the information of the President. By order J. A. Campbell Asst. Secy. War. Mar 30/65. Genl. R. E. Lee 30 March 65.

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W. J. De Renne CollectionWormsloe, Chatham County, Georgia (1914)

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 198.