streams crossed by that road, whether the bridges are still standing and if the fords can be passed by infantry. It will not be necessary for you to send farther for this information than to Captain J. W. Marshall, provost-marshal of Pocahontas, who is believed to be at Huttonsville. He can give you information of the condition of the north of the mouth of Nap's Creek.
I wish you to send the accompanying letter* to Captain Marshall by a special courier, and direct him to hurry back the captain's answer.
You will regard this note as strictly confidential, and make your preparations without attracting attention.
Very respectfully, &c.,
General R. E. LEE,
Commanding, &c., Fredericksburg, Va.:
GENERAL: I am directed by the Secretary of War to inform you that applications for the transfer of privates from your army to another outside of your department will be suspended until the adjournment of the present session of Congress. If the law then remains as now, a each applicant to select any regiment from his own State in your army to which he may desire to be transferred.
H. L. CLAY,
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,
Richmond, March 30, 1863.
General SAMUEL JONES,
If you can spare the Fiftieth and Fifty-fourth Virginia Regiments, send them to General Lee, to replace two regiments to be sent from his command to co-operate with General Imboden.
J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,
Dublin, March 30, 1863.
Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War, Richmond:
Telegraphed you this morning in regard to Fifty-fourth Virginia Regiment. Cannot tell whether I can spare any troops until I hear from you in reply. The Fiftieth and Fifty-fourth are large regiments; each as large, I expect, as General Lee's two.