War of the Rebellion: Serial 026 Page 1042 NORTH CAROLINA AND S. E. VIRGINIA. Chapter XXX.

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them along as fast as possible with their ammunition. Clingman's regiments are beginning to arrive. Some of Cook's will, I dare say, be able to go this evening.

Very respectfully,

W. H. C. WHITING,

Major-General.

DIVISION HEADQUARTERS, May 3, 1863.

[Major General S. G. FRENCH:]

GENERAL: All I desire you to is to support two regiments, which I have on picket, until to-night.

Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

J. B. HOOD,

Major-General.

P. S. -They have formed in a heavy line in Law's front, and have set the woods on fire to try and smoke out his skirmishers. They have also formed in front of my two regiments near you. Please be ready to support them.

FRANKLIN, May 4, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

I am left here with two brigades, or 4,000 men, to defend a line of 40 miles in length, from Fort Powhatan to South Quay, with 25,000 of the enemy in front.

I protest against being left with an inadequate force. I must have at least three brigades.

SA. G. FRENCH,

Major-General.

FRANKLIN, May 4, 1863.

Hon, JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

I can send troops from here now if cars can be sent them.

JAMES LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

IVOR, VA., May 4, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

We had a sharp skirmish yesterday. If the enemy does not molest us again, General Hood's division will be at Ivor early to-morrow.

JAMES LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General.

FRANKLIN, May 4, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

Hood's division will be at Ivor at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning.

JAMES LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General.