their right are not firing. They reply chiefly from their fourth, nearly center, battery, and occasionally with a shot from their extreme left.
7.30 a. m.-Firing slow and entirely from our guns.
8.40.-The large lead-colored blockade-runner is going down Tensas River; her deck black with troops. Lively firing along the rebel line. We answer well.
9 a. m.-I only see a black steamer, large wheel-houses, towed into Mobile. The black steamer spoken of as in Tensas River followed the blockade-runner that went down heavily laden with troops. Enemy have been firing all along line. See a rebel signal station working beyond Tensas.
E. P. ADAMS,
Lieutenant and Signal Officer.
APRIL 9, 1865-3 p. m.
A one-piped blockade-runner has left Blakely, and is now moving down the Tensas toward Mobile. She is about half loaded with troops.
R. P. STRONG,
Signal Officer, U. S. Army.
HDQRS. FIRST DIV., U. S. COLORED TROOPS,
Before Blakely, Ala., April 9, 1865.
It is suspected that the enemy has almost evacuated Blakely. General Steele directs that the skirmish lines of Hawkins' and Andrew's divisions advance at 5.30 this afternoon and feel the enemy, driving the rebels as far as possible, and holding whatever ground may be gained.
By order of Brigadier General J. P. Hawkins:
SAML. B. FERGUSON,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, U. S. COLORED TROOPS, Blakely, Ala., April 9, 1865.
Captain J. F. LACEY,
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that at the capture of Blakely this day ny division captured 1 colonel, 1 major, 5 captains, 13 second lieutenants, 2 first lieutenants, and 208 enlisted men and 7 pieces of artillery. There would have been more men captured, but when the rebels saw it was all up with them many ran over to where the white troops were entering their works.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN P. HAWKINS,
HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, FIRST DIV., U. S. COLORED TROOPS, Before Blakely, Ala., April 9, 1865.
Captain SAMUEL B. FERGUSON,
Asst. Adjt. General, First Division, U. S. Colored Troops:
SIR: I have the honor to report that during last night I dug two approaches and advanced my entire an average distance of 150