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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 11, Part 3 (Peninsular Campaign)
Page 674 THE PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN, VA. Chapter XXIII.

mand some of your most reliable and intelligent men and send them down the south side of James River, to watch the movements of the enemy and ascertain the truthfulness of the report made by the English deserter of the embarkation of a part of McClellan's army. It is of the first importance that I should be advised positively on this point, as our own movements must be in a measure regulated by those of that army. The scouts that you send should remain in the vicinity of the enemy, watch their movements narrowly and unceasingly, and report immediately anything of importance that should occur.

R. E. LEE.

General.


HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

August 14, 1862

Honorable GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,
Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to send herewith the regimental colors of the Twelfth Regiment New York Volunteers, taken by General Longstreet's division in the late battles before Richmond.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE.

General.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

August 13, 1862

Brigadier General JOHN B. HOOD.

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: Having received information that Burnside's forces have left Fredericksburg to join Pope, unless you know to the contrary I desire you to march at once with your command to Gordonsville and report to General Longstreet.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. E. LEE.

General.


HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

August 13, 1862

General STUART.

Commanding Cavalry:

I am directed by General Lee to say that he has been informed that therefore which was at Fredericksburg under General Burnside has joined that under General Pope. He desires you to ascertain the truthfulness of this report, and if it is found to be so he wishes you to leave a sufficient cavalry force in your present front to observe the movements of the enemy, afford protection to the railroad, &c. and to move with the main body of the cavalry now with you to Gordonsville, and report for duty to Major-General Longstreet in event of his absence.

I am, &c.,
W. H. TAYLOR

Major and Aide-de-Camp.


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