War of the Rebellion: Serial 014 Page 0620 THE PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN, VA. Chapter XXIII.

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MERRY OAKS, June 26, 1862-9 a. m.

(Received 10 a. m.)

Brigadier-General BRANCH:

GENERAL: The head of my column is crossing the Central Railroad.

Your most obedient servant,

T. J. JACKSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS LIGHT BRIGADE, [June 26], 1862-9.30 p. m.

General Hill left for Mechanicsville about an hour since, and should, and movements on the part of the enemy be observed of sufficient importance please report the fact and I will send for him. He may return in the course of two hours.

Please say to your assistant adjutant-general that I do not know the dates of commission of the other brigadier-generals of this division, but will get them for him as soon as possible.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. C. MORGAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JUNE 26, 1862-10 p. m.

Brigadier General L. O'B. BRANCH:

GENERAL: The head of my column is nearly 2 miles from where it crossed the Central Railroad, and is marching on the Hanover Court-House and Mechanicsville turnpike.

I am, general, your obedient servant,

T. J. JACKSON,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, June 27, 1862.

Major General LAFAYETTE McLAWS,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The commanding general wishes you to adopt measures to assemble together the Second Louisiana Brigade with as little delay as possible, to be prepared for immediate field duty, under instructions to be received from Major General A. P. Hill.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. CHILTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA., June 27, 1862.

Brigadier General J. G. WALKER,

Drewry's Bluff, Va.:

Have you moved yet? From General Holmes' telegram this morning the force of the enemy appears to be small. You had better move at once, leaving, if you think proper, 1,500 men. Has General Holmes