War of the Rebellion: Serial 026 Page 0976 NORTH CAROLINA AND S. E. VIRGINIA. Chapter XXX.

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Diascund, of all arms....................... 493

Re-enforcements brought by me:

Artillery (one battery and two sections)... 174

Infantry (71 officers and 1,040 enlisted men).1,111 Hawley's cavalry, about......... 35

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Total of all arms brought by me............1,320

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Total of all arms..........................1,813

Deduct for error in cavalry report......... 40

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Total......................................1,773

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SUMMARY.

Total of cavalry.................................... 210

Total of artillery.................................. 213

Total of infantry...................................1,350

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Grand total......................................1,773

If my men are not too much broken down I will move upon Williamsburg near enough to attack to-morrow evening or by daylight next morning. I send you a note* from Colonel Tabb, which met me on the way. Infantry or no infantry, enemy re-enforced or not, I will certainly attack them Saturday morning as early as my men can take aim. I find the forces here deficient in ammunition, and beg you to forward some, according to the accompanying requisitions, with dispatch.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

HENRY A. WISE,

Brigadier-General.

NAVY DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, April 10, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to request that the James River obstructions be opened at the earliest practicable moment, to permit the Richmond to pass below them.

I deem it very important that our armed vessels in the river should be able to pass the barrier at any time, and I respectfully suggest that this be provided for. The large schooner Galego may perhaps be used in connection with this measure.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Navy.

[Indorsements.]

APRIL 11, 1863.

Respectfully referred to the President for his consideration.

J. A. S.,

Secretary.

It would be well, before action, to have a report and opinion of the Chief Engineer.

J. D.

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