War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0858 OPERATIONS IN N. C.,VA.,W. VA.,MD.,AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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DUBLIN,

December 1, 1863.

Brigadier General JOHN S. WILLIAMS:

Abingdon:

General Jones is in front. I do not know whether he will be here on Thursday.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORANGE COURT-HOUSE,

December 2, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

Barton with two brigades has been ordered to Louisa Court-House.

R. E. LEE.

ORANGE COURT-HOUSE,

December 2, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

The order for movement of two brigades from Hanover Junction has been countermanded.

R. E. LEE,

General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY,

Parker's Store, December 2, 1863--12 m.

General EARLY:

GENERAL: General Lee directs me to say that the head of Anderson's column has reached this point, and has been halted. General Stuart writes from the intersection of the Brock and plank roads that the enemy turned off at that point, taking the Brock road to the left toward Ely's Ford. When you are satisfied that the enemy have crossed the river and are too far in advance for you to overtake them, you will halt and send word back to Johnson to go on to Morton's Ford.

Respectfully,

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

December 3, 1863.

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,

President Confederate States, Richmond:

Mr. PRESIDENT: I have considered with some anxiety the condition of affairs in Georgia and Tennessee. My knowledge of events has been principally derived from the public papers, and the impres-