Meadow Bluff. This is extremely important, as our pickets have had a skirmish with the advance guard of the enemy four miles from this point.
Your obedient servant,
JOHN B. FLOYD,
CAMP AT THE FOOT OF SEWELL,
Twelve Miles from Meadow Bluff, August 15, 1861.
I have the honor to report to you that I pursued the old State road leading to Bowyer's Ferry, by order of Colonel Davis, four miles beyond the top of Big Sewell, and within eight miles of the ferry. I there received information from our scouts that there are no Federal troops on this side of Bowyer's Ferry. I returned with my command to this point, blockading the road at several places on Big Sewell by felling of large timber, &c., making it impassable for wagons until removed. I have scouts extending to the top of big Sewell now, who will report should anything of importance occur. My object in reporting to you is to know whether I shall remain at this point and keep this road guarded, or go to some other point. I have thirty men of my own company under my command. I will await orders at this place, should I hear of no enemy, and if I hear of any on this road I will meet them, find their strength, and report to you. Please give me instructions by the bearer.
I am, with high regard, your obedient servant,
John P. BROCK,
Captain Valley Rangers.
N. B. - I will be pleased to hear from you in regard to my note to you of--- date instant.
J. P. B.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF KANAWHA,
Camp Arbuckle, near Lewisburg, August 15, 1861.
Brigadier General JOHN B. FLOYD:
SIR: I proceeded in the direction indicated by you, for the purpose of ascertaining the forces of the enemy at Summersville, and from the best information I could obtain, and which I considered reliable, their forces there are about 2,200; they have six small pieces of cannon at Summersville. I also ascertained that there were about 250 men at Sutton, a considerable number of whom are sick; they have one small cannon. Major Reynolds and the two other gentlemen who accompanied me kept on for the purpose of obtaining further information. The above is all the information I could obtain.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. H. GRAPES.
ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 252. Richmond, Va., August 16, 1861.
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X. The three companies of Virginia infantry at Fredericksburg, commanded by Captains Chandler, Braxton, and Parrish, and the