PETERSBURG, May 15, 1864 - 5 p. m.
I think it fatel from difficulty of communication. It will be a week before Walker's brigade can get there, if then. Still, I think the enemy intends Petersburg, and that this move will seal its fate. All provisins and ammunition are behind this; 150,000 pounds of meat on the way.
PETERSBURG, May 15, 1864.
All right. Got the orders I want now. Will try my best.
W. H. C. WHITIG,
DREWRY'S May 15, 1864.
GenerL BRAXTON BRAGG,
Take cahrge in my absence. You know I am to stay for the present
Beauregard says the President so driects.
R. RANSOM, Jr.,
BURWELL'S BAY, May 15, 1864.
Captain WILLIAM N. BARKER,
In charge of Signal Bureau:
SIR: I most respectfully submit the following report. I crossed the James River to-night. Five thousand troops were landed on the 13th and 14th at newport New; they are destined for Bermuda Hundred as re enforcements for Major G en. B. F. Butler. Three thousand woudned were brought down the James River on the 13th and 14th and landed at Cmap Hamilton. All negroes are being sent fromteh Peninsual; great excitement prevails I consequence of it. It is also reported that all negroes are being sent from norfolk and Portsmouth. No troops have been sent to re0 enforce the different posts on the penninsula since my last report.
Very respectfully, &c.,
JH. F. MOORE,
In charge of Boat and Party.
WAR DEAPRTMENT, C. S. A.,
Richmond, Va., May 15, 1864.
The utmost activity and energy should be employed now in collecting and organizing the reserves, and hurrying them into positions to relieve every trained soldier that can be spared for service in the field. Wea re int the very creisis of our fortunes and went every man. This byt the President's directin.
J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.
(Copy of foregoing telegram sent on same day to General Holmes, Raleigh; GenerL Chesntu, Columbia; GenerL Withers, Montgomery.)