ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, August 31, 1864.
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XXXVII. I. H. Carrington, provost-marshal of Richmond, Va., will take charge of all deserters from the enemy under General Orders, No. 65, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, current series, and will forward them without delay to Abingdon, Va., thence to be sent to Kentucky and Ohio.
By command of the Secretary of War:
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, August 31, 1864.
Lieutenant General R. S. EWELL,
GENERAL: General Lee directs me to inclose the enemy's signal alphabet,* as deciphered by some of our signal men here. We read their messages with facility, and the general desires you to communicate the alphabet to all signal men operating north of James River, enjoining them to keep the fact of our knowledge of the alphabet secret. The enemy read our dispatches also,s and you will please put your signal officers on their guard.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
August 31, 1864.
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VI. Lieutenant Chisolm, aide-de-camp of General Beauregard, will proceed to Richmond, Va., and deliver to the honorable Secretary of War nineteen of the enemy's colors captured in the recent engagements on the line of the Weldon railroad. He will return upon the completion of this duty.
By command of General R. E. Lee:
W. H. TAYLOR,
HEADQUARTERS, Wilmington, August 31, 1864.
Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond:
GENERAL: I shall be very much obliged if you can give orders to have me speedily supplied or facilitated rather in procuring the galvanic