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ment. General Taylor, still an invalid, will go to Louisiana to hurry on the men. I will endeavor to send you a division in addition. Can you not take a strong position and resist the advance of Pope? Let me know your strength. Have field returns every ten days.

Very respectfully,

R. E. LEE,

General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

Numbers 163. July 26, 1862.

I. The Fifth Louisiana, Semmes' brigade, and Fourteenth Louisiana, Pryor's brigade, with Girardey's light artillery battery, will proceed without delay and report to Major General T. J. Jackson at Gordonsville, Va.; and, in connection with the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Louisiana Regiments and Wheat's battalion, constitute Taylor's brigade, Army of the Valley District.

II. The First Louisiana, Wright's brigade. Ninth Louisiana, Taylor's brigade, Army of the Valley District, Fifteenth louisiana (late Third Louisiana Battalion of J. R. Anderson's brigade), and Coppens' battalion of Pryor's brigade will report without delay to Major-General McLaws, to constitute, in connection with the Second and Tenth Louisiana Regiments, a brigade of that division.

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By command of General Lee:

A. P. MASON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

July 27, 1862.

Major General THOMAS J. JACKSON,

Commanding Valley District:

GENERAL: General Lee directs me to say that he desires you to assign Brigadier General Harry T. Hays to the command of the Louisiana brigade formerly commanded by Brigadier-General Taylor.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. P. MASON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

July 27, 1862.

General THOMAS J. JACKSON,

Commanding Valley District:

GENERAL: I have received your dispatch of 26th instant.* I will send A. P. Hill's division and the Second Brigade of Louisiana Volunteers to you. Stafford's regiment (Ninth Louisiana) need not, therefore, be sent here, as directed in Special orders, Numbers 163. These troops will exceed 18,000 men. Your command ought certainly to number that amount. What has become of them? I heard they were coming

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