War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0282 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

Search Civil War Official Records

HDQRS. DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED, VA., ARMY OF THE JAMES,

January 28, 1865.

Major JAMES B. CAMPBELL,

Commanding Second Regiment, Provisional Division:

MAJOR: From information received, I have reason to believe that the enemy are determined to carry the right of your picket-line. They cover that point to aid them when their fleet comes down the river, which they intend to do soon, from all accounts. I desire you to use your own judgment and strengthen that portion of the line, as it must not be given up. You will also send a mounted orderly every evening to remain until morning at a point near the picket on the river to bring information in case of any movement in this direction. You can strengthen the right of your line at night, and caution your command of the intentions of the enemy, for their next attack will be a determined one.

By command of Brevet Major-General Ferrero:

GEO. A. HICKS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 28, 1865-2 p. m.

Bvt. Major General A. V. KAUTZ,

Cavalry Division:

Notify your pickets that a small expedition of our forces started from Haxall's Landing this morning, and will pass around by your right and may come into your lines in order to prevent any trouble or conflict.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 28, 1865-3.40 p. m.

Bvt. Major A. V. KAUTZ,

Kautz's Cavalry:

The enemy are reported moving a cavalry force of 800 men on Williamsburg. Hold 1,000 men in readiness to move out on the Long Bridge road across the Chickahominy, if necessary.

JNO. W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

WILSON'S WHARF, January 28, 1865.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have been informed by very reliable authority that the enemy intend making a raid on Williamsburg in a few days with 700 or 800 cavalry. They are to move down from Richmond on the north side of the Chickahominy through New Kent County.

J. B. CARR,

Brigadier-General.