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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 25, Part 2 (Chancellorsville)
Page 781 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, May 6, 1863.

Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:

SIR: I have the honor to state that two dispatches have just been received, one from Lake, a Texas scout, and one from J. W. Gregory, scout, Fifth Virginia Cavalry, stating that General Stoneman's division of cavalry, 5,000 strong, with eight or eleven pieces of artillery, was moving in the direction of Cartesville, on James River, apparently with the intention of crossing and proceeding to the South Side Railroad. Unless some of the cavalry in North Carolina and the south is sent here, it will be impossible to arrest these raids, and they will roam through this entire section of country with little or no molestation.

I am, very respectfully, &c.,

R. E. LEE,

General.

HANOVER JUNCTION, May 6, 1863.

Major-General ELZEY:

Arrived at Ashland half hour after daylight - lost 2 men and 4 horses drowned. Enemy nowhere. Train has taken my forage to Fredericksburg. Please send me forage for 70 horses on next train. I wait orders.

BRADLEY T. JOHNSON,

Colonel, Commanding.

HANOVER JUNCTION, May 6, 1863.

I have crossed South Anna and near Hanover Junction. Stoneman's headquarters yesterday morning were at Thompson's Cross-Roads, 15 miles west of Ashland. Force supposed to be large - cavalry and artillery.

Tuesday morning several camps west of Ashland, 1,500 men, three pieces of artillery, moved back to join Stoneman. I shall get to Thompson's Cross-Roads to-night, if you permit. Answer by telegraph.

BRADLEY T. JOHNSON,

Colonel,

ORDNANCE BUREAU, Richmond, May 6, 1863.

General ARNOLD ELZEY,

Commanding, &c., Richmond:

GENERAL: The Secretary of War directs me to request that you will as soon as practicable cause the convalescent soldiers and the workmen manning the batteries, &c., around Richmond to be relieved, and their arms, &c., returned to the arsenal.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. GORGAS,

Colonel and Chief of Ordnance.


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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 25, Part 2 (Chancellorsville)
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