JUNE 16, 1864-5.30 p. m.
I am unable to take command to-day. Assume it, withdraw the trains to a safe position, place the troops in position on the range of hills immediately around the city, embracing College Hill. Confer with General D. H. Hill (who has kindly consented to assist)in regard to position of troops and artillery, and require the cavalry to resist advance of enemy, and then take position to protect our flanks. General Hill will be found at Cemetery Hill, or at Mr. McDaniel's. Bring your wagons in at once.
JNO. C. BRECKINRIDGE,
PRIVATE.-There is no occasion for any disorder. The enemy is advancing slowly. We will have General Early and large re-enforcements to-morrow morning, and if enemy comes in earnest he will be destroyed.
J. C. B.
RICHMOND, June 17, 1864.
Major General J. C. BRECKINRIDGE:
General Ransom left here on Monday evening last to report to you for the duty indicated. Has any train on South Side road been lost?
LYNCHBURG, June 17, 1864-9 a. m.
You dispatch of this date received. No train has been lost, and General Ransom will arrive on the regular train this afternoon. I have some fear that enemy will not attack Lynchburg, but will move from New London toward Danville railroad. In view of it, all precautions in my power have been taken. General Early will arrive here about 1 p. m. to-day.
JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 141. Richmond, June 17, 1864.
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XXVI. Major General A. Elzey will proceed without delay to Lynchburg and report to the commanding general for assignment to duty.
By command of the Secretary of War:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, June 17, 1864-7.40.
I will be in Lynchburg between 12 and 1. As usual railroad has been very slow.
J. A. EARLY,