Friday, November 4, 2016

Lieutenant-Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes To Colonel Eliakim P. Scammon, May 9, 1862 – 10:30 p.m.

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

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