War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 1044 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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PETERSBURG, July 27, 1863

General ELZEY:

The Portsmouth forces, estimated at about 5, 000 or 6, 000, left yesterday morning, moving toward Suffolk. One regiment of cavalry five pieces of artillery, and 81 wagons were ordered to Suffolk yesterday evening. Spear and some men were at Suffolk yesterday. Captain [T. E.] Upshaw, C. S. army, reports this. Our scouts from Nansemond know that the wagons were near Suffolk, and that Spear was in Suffolk. Raids are intended on Petersburg.

[N. W.] SMALL,

Captain.

PETERSBURG, July 27, 1863.

Major-General ELZEY, Richmond:

General Whiting sends word that the enemy (5, 000) are advancing on Weldon, N. C., from Plymouth, N. C. Griffin`s scouts report that the enemy have a very large force of cavalry at Portsmouth, Va.

I go to Weldon, N. C., with two regiments and one battery; leave three regiments here. Baker`s cavalry ordered to the Blackwater line, to check the advance on this place or Weldon, N. C. Permit me to suggest that my brigade beset to Weldon, and Jenkins` here for the present. The enemy have not advanced very far from Murfreesborough, N. C. ; they are near there, 2, 000 strong. I leave my aide, Captain John A. Williams, here; please dispatch him. I think the reports of his force exaggerated. Answer immediately.

M. W. RANSOM,

Brigadier-General.

PETERSBURG, July 27, 1863.

Major-General ELZEY:

The reports represent the enemy advancing in heavy force on both sides of the river toward Weldon. They maj or may not be true. General Whiting telegraphs me for help. I send a regiment now to Weldon, making three regiments and one battery sent there. I retain two regiments here. I also leave my aide, Captain J. A. Williams, here; communicate to him. I have ordered Colonel Baker`s cavalry with all speed to protect the Blackwater country.

M. W. RANSOM,

Brigadier-General.

RALEIGH, July 27, 1863.

General ELZEY:

Enemy reported advancing from Plymouth and Washington, from 3, 000 to 5, 000 strong. Such a vast amount of stores here that I feel quite uneasy.

Please be ready to help me in case of need.

Z. B. VANCE.

M. JENKINS,

Brigadier-General.