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HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING,

May 31, 1862.

Major-General McLAWS:

GENERAL: General Magruder instructs me to say that General Toombs' brigade has been ordered to occupy General Cobb's position at Mechanicsville Bridge. You will place General Cobb's brigade in such position as his left may rest where his right now rests. The rest of your command you will dispose of in such a manner as will more efficiently strengthen your position.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. G. DICKINSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING,

May 31, 1862.

Brigadier-General JONES;

GENERAL: I am instructed by General Magruder to direct you to move General Toombs' brigade to the right, and occupy the position at Mechanicsville Bridge now occupied by General Cobb's brigade, who has been ordered farther to the right. Colonel Anderson's brigade will occupy the position at present occupied by General Toombs.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. G. DICKINSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

PETERSBURG, VA. May 31, 1862.

Major-General HOLMES, through General R. E. LEE:

My cavalry know nothing of the country. Please have sent to me Captain Marks' company Prince George Cavalry, attached to the Third Virginia Cavalry; they know the country thoroughly.

J. G. WALKER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

RICHMOND, VA., June 1, 1862.

Brigadier-General WALKER,

Petersburg, Va.:

If you have not left Petersburg proceed at once with your entire force to Drewry's Bluff. Reply immediately and state the number of your troops.

G. W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War.

PETERSBURG, VA., June 1, 1862.

Honorable GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War:

Your dispatch to General Walker is received. He went to Richmond this morning with his brigade. I have left me here not more than 400