War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0850 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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III. Pursuant to instructions from the War Department, Brigadier General R. E. Colston, is relieved from duty in this department. In relieving General Colston, the commanding general herewith takes occasion to express his appreciation of the able and intelligent manner is which he has invariably discharged the responsible duties devolving upon him. In accordance with the same instructions, Colonel William Butler is assigned to the command of the First Military District.

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By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATLEE'S, May 30, 1864-7.30 p. m.

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,

Richmond:

General Beauregard says the Department must determine what troops to send for him. He gives it all necessary information. The result of this delay will be disaster. Butler's troops (Smith's corps) will be with Grant to-morrow. Hoke's division, at least, should be with me by light to-morrow.

R. E. LEE.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 125.

Richmond, May 30, 1864.

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IX. Company A, First Confederate Battalion, now on duty as provost guard in Atlanta, Ga., will immediately proceed to headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, and report to General R. E. Lee, commanding, &c., for assignment to duty with its proper command.

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XIII. Colonel L. M. Keitt, commanding Twentieth South Carolina Volunteers, will immediately proceed with his regiment to headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, and report to General R. E. Lee, commanding, &c., for assignment to duty.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BURNT MILL, [May 30, 1864]-10 a. m.

General R. E. LEE:

GENERAL: The enemy have advanced their cavalry up the Old Church and Black Creek Church road several miles. They now have a wagon park at Mrs. Alexander's. They have also advanced upon the Old Cold Harbor road, taking with them their wagons. I cannot hear of any infantry this side of Old Church. I saw the road at J. Higgins', which is about 1 mile south of the church; nothing was moving on it at 9 a. m. The drums seem to have approached Old Church, and although I have no positive proof of the fact, still judging from what I hear and see, I think that General Grant is