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The Daily Dispatch: June 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Ordnance Department, Richmond.Va.,may 26, 1861. (search)
of cutting him off, and then to make an attack upon Little Bethel. I directed General Pierce to support him from Hampton with Col. Townsend's regiment, with two mounted howitzers, and to march about authour later. At the same time I directed Col. Phelps, commanding at Newport News, to send out a battalion, composed of such companies of the regiments under his command as he thought best, under command of Lieut. Colonel Washburn, in time to make a demonstration upon Little Bethel in front, and een ordered in the morning to proceed as far as Newmarket Bridge, was allowed to go forward. I received this information, for which I had sent a special messenger about twelve o'clock. I immediately made disposition from Newport News to have Colonel Phelps, from the four regiments there, forward aid if necessary. As soon as these orders could be sent forward. I repaired to Hampton for the purpose of having proper ambulances and wagons for the sick and wounded, intending to go forward and join