ON TURNPIKE, May 16, 1864 - 4.15 p. m.
SIR: The enemy has been driven back on our right. Corse's and Clingman's forces are moved to the line of works on hill west of railroad. We are about making a general advance with all forces. Can you not aid in the movement at once?
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
By G. W. L.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST MILITARY DISTRICT,
Petersburg, May 16, 1864.
Captain W. C. STRONG,
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to state that no troops have reached this point from any direction. The raiders are reported to be again advancing on the South Side Railroad, but I entertain no danger from that quarter. I have just received information that two regiments of Yankee cavalry are advancing on the Prince George Court-House road, and have put my troops in motion to receive them should they approach our intrenchments. The ammunition will be sent to the bridge as directed.
By order of Brigadier-General Colston:
R. F. GRAVES, JR.,
Aide-de-Camp and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
MAY 16, 1864.
General HEBERT, Wilmington:
Telegraph Governor Vance that Walker is ordered from Kinston here and your troops also - that is, Evans. No definite news. We hold our own but are hard pressed. I move to-morrow to cut my way to Drewry's Bluff.
MAY 16, 1864.
Governor VANCE, Raleigh:
General Whiting telegraphs from Petersburg to me to telegraph to you that General Walker is ordered from Kinston to Petersburg, and also that portion of his brigade that is here.
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,
Richmond, Va., May 16, 1864.
General L. MCLAWS,
Burkeville Junction, via Lynchburg:
Information just received that the enemy encamped last night 12 miles from the Appomattox bridge, on the Danville road. It is of the greatest importance to protect the bridge. Do what you can to afford such protection.
J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.