ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, November 14, 1864.
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II. The Thirtieth Georgia Battalion (Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Young), with the addition of the four companies raised under authority of the War Department where the conscript act could not be enforced, will constitute the Eleventh Regiment Georgia Cavalry.
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By command of the Secretary of War:
HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
November 14, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel W. H. TAYLOR,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of Northern Virginia:
COLONEL: By direction of Lieutenant-General Longstreet I have the honor to state to you for the attention of the commanding general that Major-General Pickett reports about 100 men from his command in the guard-house charged with the crime of desertion. He accounts for this state of things by the fact that every man sentenced to be shot for desertion for the past two months has been reprieved.
I have the honor to be, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
November 18, 1864.
Respectfully submitted for the information of the Secretary of War. Desertion is increasing in the army notwithstanding all my efforts to stop it. I think a rigid execution of the law is [sic] in the end. The great want in our army is firm discipline.
R. E. LEE,
ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,
November 19, 1864.
Respectfully submitted to honorable Secretary of War for consideration.
By order, &c.:
W. S. BARTON,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
NOVEMBER 23, 1864.
Respectfully submitted for the consideration of the President.
J. A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War.
NOVEMBER 29, 1864.
When deserters are arrested they should be tried, and if the sentences are reviewed and remitted that is not proper subject for the criticism of a military commander.