War of the Rebellion: Serial 060 Page 1330 OPERATIONS IN N.C., VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLV.

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[Indorsement.]

Major RIELY:

Make a telegram in conformity to General Bragg's suggestions within in my name to General Beauregard, &c., and send it off to-night. Order Johnson's brigade from Bristol here, and Hagood's from Wilmington to start without delay, and dispatch General Jones to send on at once Wise's or Colquitt's brigade (Wise's in preference), to repair immediately to Richmond. Also telegraph General Beauregard to send up Hoke's force if there should be no prospect of an attack by Hoke on New Berne, which it is understood will not now be made, on account of large force of the enemy at that place and the strength of the works there.

S. C.

ORANGE COURT-HOUSE, April 30, 1864.

General S. COOPER:

Your telegram is received. They are not wanted.

R. E. LEE.

RICHMOND, VA., April 30, 1864.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD,

Kinston, N. C.:

Send Hagood's brigade from Wilmington to this place. If there is no prospect of an attack on New Berne by General Hoke, order his force on also.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

RICHMOND, VA., April 30, 1864.

Major General S. B. BUCKNER,

Abingdon, Va.:

Send Johnson's brigade without delay to this place.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

RICHMOND, VA., April 30, 1864.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Charleston, S. C.:

Send at once Wise's or Colquitt's brigade to this place; the former preferred.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

April 30, 1864.

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR,

Richmond:

SIR: As the session of Congress is about to begin, I beg leave to call your attention to the subject of publishing reports of military operations. It is erroneously supposed that no harm can be done by