War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0972 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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XXV. Paragraph V, Special Orders, No. 101, current series, is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Brigadier General James L. Kemper, Provisional Army, C. S., is temporarily detached from his brigade and assigned to the reserve forces of the State of Virginia, enrolled and mustered into service in accordance with the fifth and sixth sections of the "Act to organize forces to serve during the war," approved February 7, 1864. His headquarters will be at Lynchburg, Va.

By command of the Secretary of War:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

WELDON, May 7, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General S. COOPER:

General Pickett reports 3,000 enemy's cavalry having crossed Blackwater, cut wire along Norfolk railroad, marching probably on Stony Creek or this place. Am making best arrangements practicable to oppose them, but most of the cavalry of this department is still with General Hoke, whose forces will only commence arriving to-night at Kinston. Half of Wise's brigade is expected here in a few hours on its way to Petersburg. Hagood's last detachment passed here last night.


[MAY 7, 1864.-For three dispatches from Pickett to Johnson, see p.242.]


Walthall Junction, May 7, 1864-10 p.m.

General RANSOM:

GENERAL: I shall take the position you have suggested in your communication of this evening. I shall be in the position by 2 or 3 o'clock. We have held our position to-day with a loss of over 300 aggregate in killed and wounded. The enemy tore up a short piece of the railroad on the Richmond end during the fight and cut the telegraph wires.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


RICHMOND, May 7, 1864.

Brigadier General B. R. JOHNSON,

Port Walthall Junction:

Your success is cheering. Hold on to your position, but you will have to look to Petersburg for re-enforcements.

By order of General Ransom:


Assistant Adjutant-General.