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[Inclosure Numbers 2.]

QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE, WISE'S BRIGADE,

August 18, 1863.

Captain J. H. PEARCE, Assistant Adjutant- General:

I beg leave most respectfully to submit that the transportation of this brigade has been so reduced bgy a recent order the nearly the whole of it is required for foraging, excepting at intervals of short duration, when we might furninsh 12 or 15 wagons; but ordivarily, unless a move is contemplated, we can furnish 8 or 10 wagons.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. CARRINGTON WATKINS,

Major, and Brigade Quartermaster.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 198.

Richmond, August 20, 1863.

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XIV. Brigadier General G. J. Rains will proceed without delay to Charleston, S. C., and report to General G. T. Beauregard, commanding, &c., for assignment to duty.

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XXIII. Brigadier General John Pegrm, Provisional Army, C. S., will report to General R. E. Lee, commanding Army of Northern Virginia, for assignment to duty.

By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant- General.

Abstract from field retutn of the Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, for August 20, 1863; Orange Court- House.

Present for duty.

Command. Officers. Men. Aggregate Aggregate

present. present

and

absent.

General 14 ....... 14 14

headquarters

First Army 1,326 13,323 17,749 33,951

Corps a

(Longstreet)

Second Army 1,491 14,900 19,266 40,022

Corps (Ewell)

Third Army 1,189 13,059 16,555 32,500

Corps (A. P.

Hill)

Cavalry 658 8,094 10,101 19,338

(Stuart)

Artillery 300 4,906 5,857 8,317

(Pendleton)

Total 4,978 54,282 69,542 134,142

a Note on original states that two regiments of Hood's division (aggregate present, 580) are not reported.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S., Richmond, August 21, 1863.

General WHITING, W ilmington, N. C.:

Your letter about Flora not received. Have you got out the Blakely guns, and can you send them by railroad to Charleston! They are so urgent that both had better go at once.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.