War of the Rebellion: Serial 014 Page 0558 PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN, VA. Chapter XXIII.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST [FIELD'S] BRIGADE,

May 28, 1862-1 a.m.

General [BRANCH]:

I am deputed by General Hill, who has laid down, to say to you that you will hold on to your position; that Colonel Hamilton has been ordered to fall back from the Junction, and we will advance from here early in the morning, and we will fight or fall back together, as circumstances may require.

Very respectfully, your servant,

G. F. HARRISON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, First Brigade.

P. S.-General Hill has just arrived to take command.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

Numbers 120.

Richmond, Va., May 28, 1862.

The Wise Legion Cavalry, the Hampton Legion Cavalry, the Cobb Legion Cavalry, and the cavalry lately serving in the Aquia District are hereby placed under the command of Brigadier General J. E. B. Stuart, and the several commanding officers of the above-named bodies of cavalry will report forthwith their whereabouts to Brigadier General J. E. B. Stuart.

By command of General Johnston:

A. P. MASON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS,

Numbers 18.

Brooke's House, May 28, 1862.

The division now commanded by Brigadier-General Whiting and the brigades of Brigadier-General Pettigrew and Brigadier-General Hatton will, until further orders, constitute one division, under command of Brigadier-General Whiting.

Brigadier-General Pettigrew and Hatton will at once report for orders accordingly.

By command of Major General G. W. Smith:

SAML. W. MELTON,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA., May 29, 1862.

Brigadier-General ARMISTEAD,

Petersburg, Va.:

Do what you can to make the obstructions effective, but I think you had better have engineer officers. Our experience here proves that great confusion results from the two services attempting to work together. If, however, you still wish Captain Pegram I will apply for him.

G. W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War.