War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0718 Chapter LXIII. MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

May 28, 1863-5,45 p. m.

Major General J. B. HOOD,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding desires that you will move your command to the vicinity of Stevensburg as early as practicable to-morrow morning. Please report what time you get off.

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

JOHN W. RIELY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

May 28, 1863-8 p. m.

Major General J. B. HOOD,

Commanding direct to say that if you have not already moved when this reaches you you need not do until further notice. The information of this morning of the enemy's movement has not been confirmed by sebsequent observation. You may, therefore, remain at your present position and hold yourself in readiness to move at any moment. Please keep a courier at the telegraph office at Orange Court-House for the purpose of rapid communication with you.

I am, genera., very respectfully, your obedient servant.

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

May 30, 1863.

Major General J. B. HOOD,

Rapidan Station:

General Longsteet directs that you move your command as early as you can to-morrow to Verdierville and select near there the best camp you can find. The indications are that the enemy is preparing for another effort, and you had better have everything in readiness for it.

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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RICHMOND, VA., May 30, 1863.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding, &c., Fredericksburg, Va.:

It is embarrassing to be called on for orders, and when they are given to be met with opinions previously invited, but withheld. I will endeavor to have the matter explained, and will communicate result. The command of the Blackwater, substituted by Jenkin's brigade, was reported as transferred to Pickett's division; will make inquiry; also will inquire about the retained regiments of Pettigrew's and Daniel's brigades. But half the case been laid before me when my telegram was sent to you, and then I supposed you were mistaken.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

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