War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1258 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 7, 1864.

Major General G. E. PICKETT,

Commanding division:

Your telegraph just received. General Longstreet has gone across the river; also Hoke's division and a battalion of artillery.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 7, 1864.

Major General R. F. HOKE,

Commanding Division:

You will move your division over to the south side of the James River, as soon as you can possibly do so, this evening. Haskell's battalion of artillery will report to and accompany you. You will leave your skirmishers and pickets out in front, who, when relieved by General Kershaw, will follow you. An officer will be at Chaffin's Bridge to conduct you to your position on the south side. You will commence moving by dark.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 7, 1864.

Major General J. B. KERSHAW,

Commanding Division:

You will move your division down the line immediately and occupy the position now held and about to be vacated by General Hoke's division. His skirmishers and pickets, when relieved by yours, will rejoin him.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 7, 1864.

Lieutenant General R. S. EWELL,

Commanding, &c.:

General Pickett reports that the enemy are crossing at Cox's Landing. They have driven in our pickets and are now laying pontoons. Will you see if any of the lower batteries can be brought to bear on the bridge they are laying? If so, open fire.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Brigadier General E. P. Alexander, commanding artillery.)