War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1293 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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From Third Corps:

Heth's division....................... 107

Wilcox's division..................... 134

Mahone's division..................... 96

_____ 337

From Anderson's Corps: John's division. 113

---- 779

No report from cavalry.

Respectfully submitted.

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

General LEE.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

Respectfully submitted for information of Secretary of War.

The desertions in the last ten days have diminished, but are still distressingly large.

R. E. LEE,

General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 56. Richmond, March 8, 1865.

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V. Captain Reuben Cleary, assistant adjutant-general is temporarily assigned to duty with the artillery of the First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, and will report to Brigadier General E. P. Alexander. When Captain S. Winthrop shall have returned to duty, Captain Cleary will report too this office for assignment to duty.

VI. Captain Walter Weir, assistant adjutant-general is assigned to duty on the staff of Major General William Mahone, commanding, &c., and will report accordingly.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 8, 1865.

Brigadier-General ALEXANDER,

Chief of Artillery, First Corps:

General Longstreet wishes you to have some sensitive shells placed among the abatis in front of our lines, especially opposite Fort Harrison. He prefers that they be placed among the abatis covering the picket-line, so that should the enemy advance and endeavor to pull it away, they would explode and destroy any further attack.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.