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Please keep me informed as to Sheridan's movements, if you have anything, by telegraph. If you wish any guides or scouts for south of Appomattox I have them.

Respectfully,

J. R. C.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SECOND MILITARY DISTRICT, DEPT. OF N. CAROLINA AND S. VIRGINIA, Numbers 9.

Goldsborough, N. C., June 15, 1864.

I. In obedience to Special Orders, Numbers 124, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, June 9, 1864, I assume command of the Second Military District, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia, with headquarters at Goldsborough.

II. For the information of all concerned, the following officers are announced as my staff: Captain J. C. McRae, assistant adjutant general; Captain George White, assistatn inspector-general; First Lieutenant R. T. Fulgham, aide-de-camp; Major W. W. Morrison, chief commissary of subsistence: Captain John F. Devine, chief quartermaster; First Lieutenant Charles W. Temple, ordnance officer.

L. S. BAKER,

Brigadier-General.

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RICHMOND, VA., June 16, 1864.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding, &c.:

Colonel Rives states that he thinks he will be able to place a pontoon bridge across the James River below Chaffin's Bluff at any point designated by daybreak to-morrow. He may have to remove a small section above Drewry's Bluff, but will replace that in the course of the day. Please direct the location of the proposed bridge.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

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OFFICE C. S. BARRACKS,

Richmond, Va., June 16, 1864.

SIR: I have forwarded direct to General R. E. Lee, since the 20th of April, 1864, 8,285 men.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJ. BATES,

Lieutenant, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS LONGSTREET'S CORPS,

June 17, [1864]-7.30 p. m.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding:

GENERAL: I am happy to know that the conduct of the troops has pleased you and that they have your confidence. It will be a pleasure to me to make your commendation known to them. The result has altogether verified the correctness of your judgment, and I am glad to inform you that the loss is very small. When I had made the examination which you directed I thought that the line which we were