way. Thus was General Hoke
abruptly ordered back from the Newbern
and sent to Petersburg
, where he arrived, as did also General Beauregard
, on May 10th.
Among the various telegrams sent to Richmond
on that day by General Beauregard
was the following to General Bragg
And on the next day this telegram was forwarded:
The authorities at Richmond
were now in a state of great excitement.
The enemy had been repulsed on the Richmond Railroad, and, to all appearance, had abandoned his original intention of investing Petersburg
; but where he would next attempt to strike was the all-absorbing question.
was his only immediate objective, thought Mr. Davis
. Mr. Seddon
and General Bragg
were of the same opinion.
Many telegrams were now sent from Richmond
, showing more nervousness than wisdom on the part of the Administration, and seriously interfering with General Beauregard
No one could doubt that the Confederate
capital was in imminent peril at that hour; but that Mr. Davis
, and Mr. Seddon
, and even General Bragg
, from within the works of Richmond
, should imagine that they