War of the Rebellion: Serial 026 Page 1021 Chapter XXX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS, April 24, 1863-4 p. m.

Major General S. G. FRENCH, Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you have the batteries on your line hitched up at once.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. MOXLEY SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

General Pickett reports that the enemy have opened heavily on his front with artillery, with strong infantry support.

HEADQUARTERS, April 24, 1863-5 p. m.

Major General S. G. FRENCH, Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you get your troops under arms as soon as you can.,

Very respectfully,

G. MOXLEY SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL PICKETT'S HEADQUARTERS,

April 24, 1863.

Major General S. G. FRENCH, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The effort of the enemy this evening proves to have been nothing more than a strong reconnaissance. It is all over now and your troops may return to their bivouacs. The commanding general directs you to have everything ready early in the morning and your batteries hitched up.

Respectfully, your,

G. MOXLEY SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

The commanding general desires you to order Bradford's battery to report to Major Dearing at General Law's headquarters early to-morrow morning.

CHARLESTON, S. C., April 25, 1863.

Major General D. H. HILL., N. C.:

Scouts are mistaken. Five monitors are in Edisto and one at Port Royal. Only one supposed gone North disabled. Some troops are still of Folly Island, Edisto, and Port Royal. Probably some gone to North Carolina.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

HEADQUARTERS, April 25, 1863.

Major General S. G. FRENCH, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: Captain {thomas J.] Goree thinks that he saw distinctly new works about 600 yards in rear of the old line of works and near the