War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0722 Chapter LXIII. MD. E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD CORPS,

June 8, 1863.

Major-General HETH, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: In reply to your note just received, the lieutenant-general commanding directs that you move Brigadier-General Pettigrew at once in accordance with previous instrucitons. He desires him to occupy the Port Royal road form W. P. Taylor's house up toward the Massaponax, and also to send a picket to Skinker's Mill.

I am, general, respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. T. HILL,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Colonel Walker has been ordered to send two batteries to report to General Pettigrew.

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CULPEPER, VA., June 9, 1863.

General LEE:

Two regiments of infantry and one of cavalry have crossed at Kelly's Ford; others were crossing. Cavalry force at Beverly Ford; reported Stoneman's command. Prisoners have been taken from two brigades. Jones reports they fight obstinately. The country is wooded and difficult to get at them. No firing now. Supposes the enemy are retreateng from Kellyville. Says a third regiment of infantry has crossed. Probably no force at Beverly Ford but cavalry.

J. E. B. STUART,

Major-General.

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RICHMOND, VA., June 12, 1863.

General R. E. LEE,

Culpeper Court-House, VA.:

The remarks on that letter were not designed as the expression of a judgment, but merely an opinion on the possible value of the statements. Other information received by you will enable you to decide, and you are not restricted.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

June 13, 1863.

Colonel J. B. WALTON,

Colonel and Chief of Artillery, First Corps:

COLONEL: The enemy is reported to be crossing at Rappahannock bridge. The lieutenant-general commanding directs that you have your animals hithced and everything ready to move.

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

John W. RIELY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

Near Culpeper Court-House, June 13, 1863.

Colonel J. B. WALTON,

Chief of Artillery, First Army Corps:

COLONEL: The movements of the enemy, reported this morning, are not immediately threatening, and I am directed to say that you may