Head Qrs.        Army of Northern Va.

Atlee’s, 6 PM. 28 May 64

Hon James A. Seddon

Secty of War, Richmond Va.

Sir:       The army is in front of this position extending towards Totopotomy Creek. As far as I can ascertain none of the enemy have advanced south of that Creek. I believe that he is assembling his army behind it. Genl Fitz-Lee’s division of Cavalry engaged the enemy’s cavalry near Hawe’s shop, about noon to-day & drove them back upon their infantry, which prisoners stated to be the 5th & 6th corps. I have not however received very definite information as yet, either as regards their positions or numbers.

I am with respect Yr Obt Svt.

                       R . E. Lee

                                 Genl.

Source: Robert E. Lee Headquarters Papers, Mss3 L515a, Folder 9, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 18