War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0702 Chapter LXIII. MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 4, 1863.

[General R. E. LEE:]

GENERAL: I have several confirmatory reports of the enemy's moving toward our left vehicles of some sort since dark. I cannot yet determine. It is either a move to turn our left or a retreat, by Ely's Ford. As I write I hear the road of wagons or artillery myself, moving opposite our left, apparently up Ely's Ford road. Enemy has made two demonstrations, one since dark, which our skirmishers resisted. Fitz. Lee was at dark on or near the Ely's road. Movement began just at dark. Let me hear from you. Enemy still fortifying and chopping.

Most respectfully,

J. E. B. STUART.

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HDQRS. CAVALRY DIV., ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

May 5, 1863-8,45 a. m.

Major W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the forced reconnaissance in our front which I ordered discovered the enemy in force in earthworks, artillery and infntry. About thirteen pieces of artillery are said to bear on our center. About 200 spades and picks would be very acceptable toward burying the dead of the enemy and horses dead near the hospital and lines. Can they be had from Early' line? Our own dead are nearly all buried.

Most respectfull,

J. E. B. STUART,

Major-General.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.

Richmond, May 5, 1863.

His Exellency Z. B. VANCE,

Governor of North Carolina, Raleigh, N. C.:

SIR: I have the honor to invoke your attention to the inclosed letter* of General Pender, with an indorsement by General Lee. The subject is one of great importance, and I respectfully urge that you will aid in arresting the progress of deservation among the North Carolina troops, which, unless pormptly checked, will be destructive of the discipline and morale of our army. A copy of the letter and indorsement will be sent to General Hill, with derections to furnish you a regiment, should you desire it, to assist in arresting desertes.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, May 6, 1863.

His Excellency Z. B. VANCE,

Governor of North Carolina, Raleigh, N. C.:

SIR: I have received your letter of the 27th ultimo,# stating that you hope to turn over some 250,000 pounds of bacon and some corn to

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* See VOL. XXV, Part II, p. 746.

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# See VOL. XXIII, p. 1026.