War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0986 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Drewry's Bluff, May 10, 1864-12.30 p.m.

Brigadier-General HUNTON:

Major-General Ransom directs that you bring Major Stark's battalion with you. The lower pontoon bridge (now building) will be finished in time to cross him.

F. MacRAE,

Adjutant of Post.

MAY 10, 1864.

General HUNTON:

Why have you not moved your brigade? And if you are not posted in your front, move all but City Battalion at once to this point as rapidly as possible. Boats ready now to bring you over. Answer if anything urgent.

R. RANSOM, JR.,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Drewry's Bluff, May 10, 1864-1 p.m.

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,

President C. S. A., Richmond:

I have just received the following dispatch from General Ransom: "Thus far we are doing well; the fight is progressing." This is about all the information I can give you.

Very respectfully,

G. H. TERRETT.

HEADQUARTERS,

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

Honorable S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Navy:

SIR: There is quite a heavy artillery engagement going on, seemingly on the turnpike below us.

G. H. TERRETT,

Major, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., May 10, 1864.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD:

This city is in hot danger. It should be defended with all our resources to the sacrifice of minor considerations. You are relied on to use every effort to unite all your forces at the earlies practicable time with the troops in our defenses, and then together either fight the enemy in the field or defend the entrenchments. Our lines are a little in front of Drewry's Bluff, crossing the railroad and turnpike.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.