War of the Rebellion: Serial 031 Page 1020 OPERATIONS IN N.VA.,W.VA.,MD., AND PA. Chapter XXXIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, November 18, 1862.

Colonel E. P. ALEXANDRIA,

Commanding Artillery Battalion:

COLONEL: The army is moving toward Fredericksburg. The commanding general wishes you to instruct officer in charge of the reserve ordnance train to follow on with General Pendleton's reserve artillery. He will send a suitable person forward to procure, unless it can be arranged through General Pendleton's quartermaster.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. CHILTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, November 18, 1862.

Colonel CHAMBLISS:

The post at Culpeper having been broken up, the general wishes you to cause cars, whenever reason exists to apprehend danger, to be run back. He wishes nothing accumulated in front which it would be necessary to abandon; but, if more convenient for you, does not object to your using the store-house for any small supplies which can be readily loaded and run back, if necessary.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. CHILTON,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

No. 246.

November 18, 1862.

I. Brigadier General W. H. F. Lee will proceed with his brigade to Fredericksburg, crossing the Rapidan at Elly's, or such other ford as he may select. Upon his arrival he will assume command of the cavalry and other forces now there, and, if practicable, resist the occupation of Fredericksburg by the enemy and his advance into the country. He will leave the Thirteenth Virginia Cavalry, Colonel Chambliss, to picket the Rappahannock until further orders.

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By order of General R. E. Lee:

A. P. MASON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CAMP CULPEPER, November 19, 1862.

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,

President of the Confederate States:

MR. PRESIDENT: General Stuart wrote to me from Warrenton, 6.30 p.m. yesterday, that the last of the enemy's infantry and artillery passed through that place at 2 p.m.; their cavalry at 3 p.m., in the direction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Sumner's corps on Sunday, marched from Catlett's Station for Fredericksburg; but it is not certain yet that any other force has moved upon that place. General