om Richmond, showing that a severe conflict was taking place between the opposing forces below Richmond.
At about eleven o'clock the following communication was received at this office:
"State of Virginia,"Executive Department, "Richmond, September 29, 1864. "To the Proprietor of the Dispatch:"Sir:
The Governor desires that you direct the employees of your office, liable to militia duty, to hold themselves in readiness to move at a moment's warning. Very respectfully. "P. Bell Smith, "Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-camp."
An hour or two afterward, whilst we were quietly awaiting further orders, and had made no communication with the Executive, we received the following emphatic order:
"Governor's Office, September 28, 1864. "Editor of the Dispatch:
"I order your men to report at once to Captain Crump.
The enemy are approaching the city, and this is no time for delay or difficulties to be made when duty demands our presence in the field. "B