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[Second indorsement.]

ORDNANCE OFFICE, ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, August 29, 1864.

Respectfully referred to commanding general to know whether he has any special instructions to give in regard to these guns.

BRISCOE G. BALDWIN,

Lieutenant Colonel, Chief of Ordnance, Army of Northern Virginia.

[Third indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, August 30, 1864.

Respectfully referred to Brigadier-General Pendleton for his recommendations.

By order of General Lee:

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Fourth indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARTILLERY CORPS, August 31, 1864.

Respectfully returned.

I approve of the distribution described by Colonel Cutts and sanctioned by Colonel Walker. It seems scarcely worth while to extend the distribution beyond the Third Corps, and this arrangement will render the artillery of that corps efficient.

W. N. PENDLETON,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery.

PETERSBURG, August 28, 1864.

Governor WILLIAM SMITH, Richmond:

My telegram of the 26th, asking that the militia on duty in Petersburg may be continued thirty days, is unanswered. Their services are necessary. Please answer.

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

PETERSBURG, August 28, 1864.

General M. W. GARY, Chaffin's Bluff:

Send scouts to ascertain if bridges are being built en route to Southall's Ferry, and watch movements of enemy and ascertain his object.

R. E. LEE.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, August 219, 1864.

His Excellency Z. B. VANCE,

Governor of North Carolina, Raleigh:

GOVERNOR: The recent success of the enemy at Mobile may induce him to attack Wilmington, and the importance of that is such that every effort should be made to defend it, as you are aware the strength of the enemy's armies in Virginia and Georgia will prevent the detachment of any part of our forces opposed to them, and our chief reliance for the protection of Wilmington must the reserves and