Headquarters

May 12, 1864

(Telegram)

 

This morning at dawn the enemy broke through that part of our line occupied by [General Edward] Johnson’s division and gained possession of a portion of our breastworks, which he still holds. A number of pieces of artillery fell into his hands. The engagement has continued all day, and with the exception indicated we have maintained our ground. In the beginning of the action we lost a large number of prisoners, but thanks to a merciful providence our subsequent casualties were not large. Major Genl Johnson and Brig Genl [George H.] Steuart were taken prisoners. The brave Genl [Abner] Perrin was killed and Genls [James A.] Walker of the Stonewall Brigade and [Junius] Daniel severely wounded.

 

R. E. Lee

 

 

 

 

Source: The Wartime Papers of R. E. Lee, edited by Clifford Dowdey and Louis Manarin, pp. 727-728.

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 May 12