War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0978 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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DREWRY'S BLUFF, May 9, 1864.

Colonel W. H. STEVENS,

Engineers:

We have succeeded in getting off the pile-driver, and will be in Richmond in the morning by 7 o'clock. Let Fox get up steam and have the ways ready. Send the Towners here by 5 o'clock to-morrow to assist in towing it up.

CHAS. T. MASON,

Captain of Engineers, Army of Northern Virginia.

DREWRY'S BLUFF, May 9, 1864-10.30 a.m.

Colonel LLOYD J. BEALL,

Commanding Marine Corps, Richmond, Va.:

The enemy are reported to be within 3 miles, and advancing slowly and in force.

I. GREEN,

Major, C. S. Marine Corps.

HEADQUARTERS,

Petersburg, May 9, 1864-1 p.m.

Brigadier General B. R. JOHNSON,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you move forward at once and see what the enemy are doing. Further instructions will be sent in course of half an hour. I inclose a copy of dispatch just received from General Bragg.

I am, general, yours, &c.,

C. PICKETT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure.]

RICHMOND, May 9, 1864-11.10 a.m.

General G. E. PICKETT:

Push forward all the troops as fast as they arrive to recover the position lost and reopen the road telegraph to this point. Should the enemy move, as is now reported, on Drewry's Bluff, we must assail him in rear from Port Walthall Junction. Major-General Hoke on his arrival is to command north of the Appomattox.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

MAY 9, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General JOHNSON:

I would not bring on a general engagement if possible to avoid it. No troops additional can possibly reach here before 3 p.m. to-day, and they will only be one regiment of Wise's brigade, some 500 strong. Hoke and Ransom have passed Weldon. I have sent a regiment toward Broadway with some artillery. Hope to do the enemy some damage. Let me know what is going on.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. E. PICKETT,

Major-General, Commanding.