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RICHMOND, VA., September 18, 1861.

Major M. G. HARMAN, Quartermaster, Stauton, Va.:

It is reported that cars are detained at Millborough as store-houses, so as to render it impossible to forward supplies form this place.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE VIRGINIA FORCE, Richmond, September 18, 1861.

Colonel ANGUS W. McDONALD, Winchester, Va.:

SIR: I am directed by General Cooper to furnish you with the following extract from a communication received form General Lee:

SEPTEMBER 10.

I have just heard that the enemy is withdrawing all his forces from about Romney and along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to Huttonsville in our front. The report has been forwarded from Staunton by Major Harman. If true, now is the time for Colonel mcDonald to push at the railroad and destroy it. I would write him myself, but do not know where he is.

The foregoing is communicated to you for your information and guidance.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEORGE DEAS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA., September 18, 1861.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Care of Major Cabell, Quartermaster, Manassas, Va.:

It is reported that cars are detained at Manassas for storage, so as to render it impossible to forward from this place the supplies required for your command.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A., Richmond, September 19, 1861.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

SIR: I beg leave respectfully to call your attention to the inclosed correspondence, and to represent to you the necessity of promptly discharging and returning the cars of the railroad company as soon as they can be unloaded. This subject is so important, not only to the public interests in general, but also especially to the well-being of your army, that I am sure I need only to call your attention to the complaint in order to insure at once the necessary orders form you for its removal.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully,

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Acting Secretary of War.

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SUBSISTENCE DEPARTMENT, Richmond, September 18, 1861.

Honorable J. P. BENJAMIN, Acting Secretary of War:

SIR: I received a dispatch from Major Blair, desiring that 1,000 barrels of flour should be sent him from Richmond because of non-arrival of 2,000