HEADQUARTERS HANNON’S BRIGADE,
July 8, 1864-about 5 p. m.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Kelly’s Division:
CAPTAIN: Scouting parties of the enemy have made their appearance all along my front to-day as far up as McAfee’s Bridge. I think very likely they are reconnoitering for the purpose of attempting a crossing at some point. I have sent another scout across the river on foot, with instructions to go in the rear of the enemy, and advise me of their movements.
J. F. GAINES,
P. S.-I am picketing and scouting about five miles above McAfee’s Bridge, and have about 200 men on the line below the bridge.
From Lieutenant-Colonel J. F. Gaines to Captain Terrett – July 8, 1864