ADJT. AND ISP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 66.
Richmond, Va., March 19, 1864.
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IX. Saltville, Va., will hereafter be considered as in the Department of Southwestern Virginia.
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By command of the Secretary of War:
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, March 19, 1864.
Brigadier General J. D. IMBODEN, Commanding, &c.:
GENERAL: The man Langley mentioned in your letter of the 11th instant came to me recommended by Major Gilmor, but I do not know how far he deserves confidence. I understood that he had a permit to go in and out of the lines of the enemy as agent of a Northern newspaper to obtain copies of our papers. He is not employed by General Hill or General Stuart, but was directed to communicate any intelligence he might have to the latter in writing. While General Early was in the valley I directed that Langley should not be permitted to leave the lower end of it to come within our lines, and that he should be arrested if he did so. I desire that you will observe the same directions. It will not prevent him from being useful if he wishes, and will prevent him from doing us harm. Of Manzy I know nothing, and you will deal with him as prudence may dictate.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. E. LEE,
Abstract from field return of the Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, March 20, 1864; headquarters Orange Court-House, Va.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers Men. Aggregate Aggrega
Second Army Corps,
R. S. Ewell:
Staff 16 --- 16 20
Early's division a 342 3,917 5,086 9,151
Johnson's division 467 4,568 5,884 10,470
Rodes' division b 468 6,143 8,186 13,431
Total 1,293 14,628 19,172 33,072
Third Army Corps,
A. P. Hill:
Staff 15 --- 15 17
Anderson's division 486 5,831 7,215 12,025
Heht's division 448 6,245 7,620 13,771
Wilcox's division 505 6,793 8,328 12,515
Total 1,454 18,869 23,178 38,328
a Hoke's brigade detached; not reported.
b Forty-third North Carolina and Twenty-first Georgia Regiment detached; not reported.
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