Report of Major General W. H. F. Lee, C. S. Army, of operations June 23-24.1
JUSTIS’ HOUSE, THREE MILES FROM BLACKS AND WHITES,
June 24, 1864–12.30 p. m.
GENERAL: My command striking the right flank of the enemy, cut his column at this place yesterday and had a severe engagement with him. As I think, only some four or five regiments had gone on in advance to the Junction. We took possession of the road on which he was marching to Nottoway Court-House, preventing his joining his advance and repelling several desperate attempts on his part to carry it. He withdrew at daylight this morning, leaving his dead and wounded in the line that we took. He has gone on the road in the direction of Hungarytown and Keysville. My scouts report that his forces at Burkeville have gone down toward Scottsburg on the Danville railroad. I think it probable that the two bodies may united somewhere in the vicinity of the railroad bridge over the Staunton River and return by way of Stony Creek, so as to damage the Weldon railroad as much as possible. I do nto think that they will cross the Roanoke River. I shall send back some of my artillery, as I am out of ammunition and am delayed here this morning for the want of rations for the men, b ut am resting and grazing my horses and will push on this afternoon. My command has behaved in the most creditable manner, though, as the fight lasted without intermission from 12 m. till night, I have lost some gallant officers and men, among the former Colonel Andrews, Second North Carolina Regiment, who died from effect of amputation of his leg, and Lieutenant-Colonel Claiborne, Seventh C. S. Cavalry, who I fear is mortally wounded. My entire loss is between 60 and 100. I trust my attack may have interfered somewhat with his plans, but cannot as yet say. He has damaged the railroad from Ford’s all the way up, but not very materially, and burned two trains with two engines at Ford’s, which were used by refugee families.
W. H. F. LEE,
General R. E. LEE, Commanding.