Camp Number 6, Giles Court-house,
May 9, 1862, 10:30 (P. M.)
Sir: — You will have to hurry forward reinforcements rapidly — as rapidly as possible — to prevent trouble here. This is not a defensible point without artillery against artillery. No news of a movement by the enemy but one may be expected soon. Shall we return to the Narrows if you can't reinforce?
R. B. Hayes,
Lieutenant-colonel 23D Regiment O. V. I.,
P. S. — A party the other side of the river is firing on our men collecting forage and provisions.
Colonel E. P. Scammon,
SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 261-2