is essential to the interests of the Confederate States
I doubt if there are 5,000 Virginians
armed and equipped.’
That same 7th of May the council advised Governor Letcher
to issue an order to Major-General Lee
to assume command of all forces from other States that had or might hereafter report to him, or tender their services to Virginia
, until orders are received from the President
of the Confederate States
in reference to the same.
It was reported in Richmond
, on the 9th, that thirty vessels were detained at Old Point
by Commander Pendergrast
; one of them a Richmond ship, from South America
, with 3,000 bags of coffee, the last of the fine fleet owned at Richmond
, that by direct trade with Brazil
made that city one of the leading coffee markets of the country, a loss she has never recovered.
On the 10th, Capt. H. Coalter Cabell
reported his arrival at Gloucester point
, by way of West Point
, and the placing of his Virginia battery in position, and that he would soon have that place perfectly safe from attack.
He suggested similar works on the Rappahannock
, the Potomac
and the northern side of James river
, adding: ‘These positions secured and defended by heavy guns, Virginia
is safe from invasion by sea.’
, on the 11th, Rev. Dr. W. N. Pendleton
, of Lexington, Va.
(afterward captain of the Rockbridge artillery, and later colonel and brigadier-general of artillery), wrote to President Davis
: ‘As you value our great cause, hasten on to Richmond
are, if I mistake not, covering by other demonstrations the great movement upon Richmond
Suppose they should send suddenly up the York river
, as they can, an army of 30,000 or more; there are no means at hand to repel them, and if their policy shown in Maryland
gets footing here, it will be a severe, if not a fatal blow.
Hasten, I pray you, to avert it. The very fact of your presence will almost answer.
I entreat you, don't lose a day.’
was a classmate of Davis
at West Point
, and an intimate friend.
Maj. Benjamin S. Ewell
, in command of the Virginia
militia at Williamsburg
, wrote on the 11th to Adjutant-General Garnett
that a better disposition to volunteer in the service of the State
had been evinced by the citizens of James City
, and he hoped to be able to report within a week five or six companies mustered in