War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0733 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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hopes of the success of that expedition, and I know of no better service that the same number of troops could render just now than to carry out that expedition successfully. My troops intended for the expedition are in readiness to proceed on the expedition as soon as Imboden is permitted to move.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

DUBLIN, April 18, 1863.

Brigadier General J. D. IMBODEN,

Shenandoah Mountain, via Staunton:

Your letter of the 16th instant received. You know the position of the troops I lent you. I approve your suggestions; proceed to carry them out, giving such orders to my troops as you think best. Send copies of this to Patton and Jackson, which they must regard as orders direct from me. Answer.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

P. S.-The commanding officer at Staunton please forward this to General Imboden immediately.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA, Dublin, April 18, 1863.

Brigadier-General ECHOLS, Narrows:

Send the Fifty-first [Virginia] Regiment and [J. Lyle] Clarke's battalion to this point, Colonel Wharton commanding, in time to take the train on Monday. If transportation can't be procured in time, the baggage must be sent afterward. Send to Colonel McCausland for the seven wagons sent to him a few days ago. Major [Thomas L.] Brown has been ordered to send you all the wagons he can get.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA, Dublin, April 18, 1863.

Brigadier-General ECHOLS,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs you to order the Fifty-first Virginia Regiment and Clarke's battalion to this point in time to take the train from here on Monday.

The sick and convalescent will be left with a sufficient guard to assist in moving the troops.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.-Colonel Wharton will be in command of the regiment and battalion.