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tating that their provisions had nearly given out at the Fort, and also, that they were short of water, besides many of them were sick, and that, upon learning that the bridge had been burned, they immediately marched up the Peninsula to wards Back River, in order to cross at the head of the creek, and in this way gain possession of Hampton.
To this report, however, I do not attach much credence — because if the bridge was really burnt, the light would have been seen from the battery at Sewell's Point, and also at Fort Monroe, and there would have been no necessity of marching four thousand troops to the spot in order to ascertain the fact.
It may, however, prove to be correct, and it would be well (as I mentioned in a former letter) for the citizens of your place to be on the alert, and guard well the route from Richmond, through Williamsburg, and also the way from Richmond to West Point and below.
Gen. Huger arrived here yesterday by the Petersburg train.
He is in fine health