APRIL 9, 1863-11.45 o'clock.
[Major General D. H. HILL:]
GENERAL: I have sent the battery which came with Colonel Martin's regiment (it arrived this morning) back to its station. I have more light artillery than I can use. Forage is getting very scare, and Colonel M. says it is needed in the defense of Rainbow Banks. I would also suggest in this connection that Captain Starr's battery be also ordered to Greenville, or any other point you may deem best. The batteries of Captains Reilly and Bunting are sufficient, I should think, for the command. The enemy strengthen their works every night. Their line of intrenchments is now as strong as it can well be made, as far as I can judge with my glass. My wagon train started down to Pungo yesterday morning.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. B. GARNETT,
Petersburg, Va., April 9, 1863-9 a. m.
Major General D. H. HILL,
Commanding Department of North Carolina:
GENERAL: If you can operate without the aid of Evans' brigade the commanding general desires you to order it to be in readiness to move to Charleston at a moment's notice. If you need it and cannot get along without it he desires you to retain it. General Longstreet left last night for Franklin. Your communication by courier of the 7th instant is received. It will be forwarded at once to the general.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. MOXLEY SORREL,
Diascund Bridge, Va., April 9, 1863-3.30 p. m.
Major General ARNOLD ELZEY,
GENERAL: I moved yesterday morning at 9 a. m. with my whole force except the several guards. Arrived here in person with the artillery about 12.30 p. m. My men marched well and in fine spirits, and did well in weather and bivouac and roads. The infantry are delayed at Forge Bridge by the high water. I ordered the baggage wagons to be emptied to take them across dry-footed. As soon as I arrived I called the chief officers of this post together for reports. Here they report:
Holcombe Legion, fit for action.............. 175
32nd (Virginia) Battalion, Major [J. R.] Robertson, fit for action.................... 40
Total cavalry to be relied on in a fight..... 215
One section of artillery..................... 39
One battalion of infantry.................... 239
At Diascund, of all arms..................... 493