War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0827 Chapter XLI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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DUBLIN, November 7, 1863.

Brigadier-General NICHOLLS,

Lynchburg.

General Echols is retreating before a suprior force, heavily pressed. Call out every man you can to go to Salem.

CHAS. S. SRINGELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DUBLIN, November 7, 1863.

Colonel GEORGE P TERRILL,

Salem:

Assemble all your men at Salem. General Echols heavily presssed by vastly superior forces. He is retreating rapidly.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Captain G. A. Wingfield, at Liberty.)

DUBLIN, November 7, 1863.

Colonel J. M. WADE,

Christinsburg:

Call out every man you can. Enemy pressing heavily on General Echols. Go at once to New River Bridge.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

PETERSBURG,

November 7, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

The following dispatches just received:

Colonel J. W. Hinton just dispatches me, received at 3 p. m.:

" I am pressed by enemy in considerable force, coming from Winton-artillery, infantry, and cavalry. Send me re-enforcements immediately to Murfreesborough."

I go, by General Ransom's order, with my two cavalry companies and one piece of artillery, leaving my infantry to guard Blackwater. Detachments of enemy's cavalry came within 8 miles of Franklin yesterday evening, but fell back at night.

JOEL R. GRIFFIN,

Colonel, Commanding Forces at Franklin.

Enemy 10,000 strong at Winton-artillery, infantry, and cavalry. My force is 1,200. The re-enforcements ought to be sent.

M. W. RANSOM,

Brigadier-General, Commanding, Weldon, N. C.

I do not know whether the enemy can be in such force as represented. I think not. General Whiting should be ordered to re-enforce, if necessary. If this movement is a feint toward Weldon, Petersburg is left entirely uncovered when Barton's brigade leaves here.

GEO. E. PICKETT,

Major-General.