War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0643 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HDQRS. RIGH WING, ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

November 8, 1862.

Major-General HOOD,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inclose herewith orders relieving the Second and Eleventh Mississippi Regiments by the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-seventh North Carolina Volunteers, to be a portion of Law's brigade. A telegram has been received that these regiments have already left Richmond for this point, and are now probably at the station. The lieutenant-general commanding wishes you to send some one to the cars to meet them and conduct them to their brigade for the relief of the two Mississippi regiments.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRSTA ARMY CORPS,

November 8, 1862.

Major General G. E. PICKETT,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: I am directed to notify you that your command will not move to-day. The lieutenant-general commanding directs that you be in readiness to move at daylight to-morrow morning, and await further orders. He wishes you to send out at once two regiments of infantry and a section of artillery of the road on which you are camped, to the distance of a mile a half or two miles, to act in support of the cavalry picket in your front.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HDQRS. RIGHT WING, ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

November 8, 1862.

Brigadier General R. RANSOM, Jr.,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: Please start your command as quickly as possible for Madison Court-House, by the nearest practicable route. I hope that you may be able to move in time to cross Roberston River to-night. Have staff officers to select your camps. Arriving near Madison Court-House, select a position on the turnpike and at its crossing of Robertston River. Have proper pickets in your front and at proper distances. The commander of cavalry at Sperryville is directed to keep you advised of the movements of the enemy. It is presumed you will be able to get supplies near the court-house for your command. If not, you will have to send to Orange Court-House.

Most respectfully,

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

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RALEIGH, November 8, 1862.

(Received 13th.)

President DAVIS:

The enemy are on the Raonoke River 10,000 strong and receiving re-enforcements daily from Suffolk. Yesterday when I left there they