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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 46, Part 3 (Appomattox Campaign)
Page 1353 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.


HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
March 25, 1865.

Brigadier General M. W. GARY,

Commanding Cavalry Brigade:

You will re-enforce the pickets at Doggett's and prevent the enemy from tearing up the blockade.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.


HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
March 26, 1865.

Major General FITZ LEE,

Commanding Cavalry, Nine-Mile Road:

You will guard the roads leading through the outer line of works from Hunton's brigade, near the Williamsburg road, and prevent passage either way except by officers and men on duty.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.


HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
March 26, 1865.

Brigadier General M. W. GARY,

Commanding Cavalry:

The regiment sent to Doggett's last night had better remain there until Sheridan's movements are more definitely ascertained.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.


HEADQUARTERS C. S. ARMIES,
March 27, 1865.

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR,

Richmond:

SIR: I have the honor to report as the number of desertions from the 9th to the 18th, both inclusive, 1,061. This embraces full reports from the infantry, but only partial reports from the infantry, but only partial reports from the artillery and cavalry, which would increase the number considerably. The largest number of desertions was from the First Corps, General Longstreet's, Pickett's division having lost 512 men while moving recently. I hope that some of his men only availed themselves of the opportunity to visit their homes and will return. But the number is very large, and gives rise to painful apprehensions as to the future. I do not know what can be done put a stop to it. General Longstreet reports that many of the Georgia troops have deserted to join local commands authorized to be raised in that State, and that they are encouraged to do so by the officers of those commands. He mentions particularly, on the report of Brigadier General G. T. Anderson, the case of a Captain Hardee, formerly of the Ninth Georgia Regiment in Anderson's brigade, who was retired on account of a wound and received authority to raise a command of light-duty men and persons not liable to conscription, for


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