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MAY 8, 1864-10.15 p.m.

Major T. O. CHESTNEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Colonel Shingler reports that he drove in the pickets three times. There were at least three brigades within a mile or two of Ware Bottom bridge toward James River. Two extensive lines of campfires are visible; one toward James River, the other toward Petersburg. Heard what he thought a slight engagement this evening. I suppose the same firing that General Johnson reports as against Clifton Heights. An infantry scout drove in the pickets this afternoon near Ware Bottom Church. Saw line of breast-works and tents behind them.

S. M. BARTON,

Brigadier-General.

DREWRY'S BLUFF, May 9, 1864-9 p.m.

General BRAGG,

Richmond:

The President has just left here, and will tell you what is to be done by me, and what is condition of affairs.

R. RANSOM, JR.,

Major-General.

RICHMOND, May 9, 1864.

Major GEORGE H. TERRETT,

Drewry's Bluff:

How is the condition of affairs? Is the enemy is sight?

S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Navy.

HEADQUARTERS,

Drewry's Bluff, May 9, 1864-10 a.m.

Honorable S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Navy:

Orders just received from General Barton to get in readiness to meet the enemy immediately. It is reported that the enemy are within 2 miles of the trenches, and advancing slowly and in force.

Your obedient servant,

G. H. TERRETT,

Major, Commanding Post.

HEADQUARTERS,

Drewry's Bluff, May 9, 1864-7 p.m.

Honorable S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Navy:

There has been quite a heavy fight in the direction of Port Walthall. My command is in position in the trenches and everything in readiness. I will keep you informed of the occurrences of anything important.

G. H. TERRETT,

Major, Commanding.

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