War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0956 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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BOTTOM'S BRIDGE, July 2, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

Until the reported movements are certainly defined in the direction of Dunkirk, Colonel Hall had better remain, and the regiment of convalescents be sent to rejoin him. Ought not General Corse to come down to Hanover Junction? The separation of him from Hall just now involves a beating in detail. Has Hall artillery? General Jenkins is now crossing over the bridge to feel the enemy.

Respectfully,

D. H. HILL,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, July 2, 1863.

Colonel [E. D.] HALL,

Hanover Junction:

Remain for the defense of the Junction and railroads, abandoning until further orders the idea of returning here.

Aid as far as you can in organizing and rendering efficient the force of convalescents, as also any local force which may come from Gordonsville. Retain the train, however.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, July 2, 1863.

Major C. BOYLE,

Gordonsville, Va.:

If General Corse leaves Gordonsville, it will scarcely be necessary to retain the local companies from Albemarle. Such as are willing may be sent to the Junction.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., July 2, 1863.

General D. H. HILL,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I have just had an interview with the President, whose indisposition has prevented me from conferring with him for some days past. I find that I have exceeded his views in the order relieving General Elzey and placing you in temporary command. His view was that you should command the forces operating in the field, leaving the defenses strictly of the city, with the trenches and local posts, under the direction of General Elzey; that while operating in the field this would be a natural and proper division of functions, and that, if successful in defeating or repelling the enemy, there would be