War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 1000 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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DREWRY'S, May 13, 1864-12 p.m.

Colonel J. M. MAURY,

Commanding, Chaffin's:

Major-General Hoke desires me to request you to open fire upon the enemy if within reach of your guns. He expects an attack upon these fortifications in the morning.

JNO. A. WILLIAMS,

Lieutenant-Colonel of Engineers.

MAY 13, 1864.

Colonel W. H. STEVENS,

Engineers:

The steamer Townes is now at the wharf in Richmond. Lieutenant-Colonel Williams went up with her. I have two canal-boats and the Falconer.

CHAS. T. MASON,

Captain of Engineers.

DREWRY'S BLUFF, May 13, 1864.

Colonel W. H. STEVENS,

Engineers:

The enemy attempted to turn our right flank and were driven back. They now occupy Wooldridge's Hill. We heard them cheering this evening. They were answered heartily by our men, who are in good spirits.

CHAS. T. MASON,

Captain of Engineers.

RICHMOND AND DANVILLE RAILROAD,

Coatfield, May 13, 1864-1 p.m.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON:

The cavalry that cut and destroyed the railroad here last night left here early this morning; said to be about 3,000. They took the Buckingham road, which leads to Appomattox bridge, Richmond and Danville Railroad. They gave out here that they were going to Huguenot Springs. I expect to follow and see which direction they take and will telegraph you.

J. L. MORROW,

Supt. Telegraph, Richmond and Danville Railroad Line.

POWHATAN, May 13, 1864.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON:

I arrived here 5 p.m. Telegraph line between Powhatan and Coalfield badly torn down. Have repaired it up to this point. About 1 mile of it down here, which will soon have up. Railroad track torn up and buildings destroyed. Spear's cavalry left Buckingham road a few miles above the pits, and crossed railroad the second time, 17 miles from Richmond. They have gone on to Mattoax Bridge. Considerable firing heard there this evening. I will go as far as that point if possible and report from there.

J. L. MORROW,

Supt. Telegraph, Richmond and Danville Railroad.