War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0906 Chapter XXIV. OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD.

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propose sending him I believe form a part of General Lawton's brigade. I wish they were mine; but with the North Carolina Battalion, if they can join him, will fill up his ranks. He ought to have more, or these will not materially aid him. His plan is to march to Front Royal and crush Shields. It is his only course, and as he is a good soldier, I expect him to do it.

I telegraphed yesterday to Major Harman at Staunton to collect all the troops in that vicinity, raise the community, magnify their numbers, and march down the valley and communicate with Jackson. It will shake Shields and make him pause.

Very respectfully,

R. E. LEE,

General.

HEADQUARTERS VALLEY DISTRICT,

June 5, 1862.

Major-General EWELL:

GENERAL: The general commanding requests that you have a pioneer party of 50 men sent forward under a commissioned officer with each brigade train. The trains will move at 5 o'clock in the morning and the troops, in the order in which they are encamped, in rear of the trains.

Respectfully,

A. S. PENDLETON,

Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS VALLEY DISTRICT,

June 5, 1862.

Major-General EWELL:

GENERAL: The general commanding requests that you do not move your trains or troops to-morrow until further orders.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. S. PENDLETON,

Aide-de-Camp.

P. S.-This is later than the dispatch to move at 5 a. m.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS VALLEY DISTRICT,

June 6, 1862.

The commanding general directs that your trains with baggage be sent to the rear to-morrow morning at dawn; the troops to remain in camp. If you have not one day's rations already cooked, have it done at once and put in the haversacks of the men.

WM. L. JACKSON,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

PORT REPUBLIC, VA., June 6, 1862.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Commanding Department of Northern Virginia:

GENERAL: My present position is such that if Shields forms a junction with Fremont by moving west he will have to do so by marching