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ground will permit. If they are completed as originally intended they will make that part of our line secure. After finishing these dams they should be thickly covered with the abatis that is now uselessly lying in front of the water. I think this work of more immediate importance then the work on the batteries, and unless you can supply tools to employ all the men that can work at this it would be better to put your negro labor there and finish them at once. If you have the tools General Hunton will be able to furnish the labor to finish the dams.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 28, 1865.

Major General J. B. KERSHAW,

Commanding Division, &c.:

The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to inform you and, through you, your troops that his intention is to recommend for the position of officers in the regiments of negroes to be raised such non-commissioned officers and privates as by their personal exertions defeat any attempt of desertion to the enemy and secure the person making the attempt.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 28, 1865.

Brigadier General M. W. GARY:

Major Graves, with the dismounted men of Fitz Lee's command, has been ordered to report to you. He has 385 men, 5 officers, and 6 horses. he is unprovided with transportation or cooking utensils. You will add this force to your own dismounted force and organize a dismounted command of the whole for use in the trenches. You will order forage and rations for them and so far as possible furnish them cooking utensils. Major Graves is on Nine-Mile road, four miles from town.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 28, 1865.

Major GRAVES,

Commanding Dismounted Men, Wickham's Brigadier, Nine-Mile Road:

You will report with your command to Brigadier General M. W. Gary on Williamsburg road, who has been ordered to supply you with rations and forage and cooking utensils. You will be temporarily under his command and act in conjunction with his dismounted men.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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