War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0666 OPERATINS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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ing him back toward Warm Springs. Another column is moving down from Beverly toward Lewisburg. He represents himself in great need of all the troops sent to this army.

I have, therefore, to request that you will make arrangements at once to report to him, proceedeng via Staunton and Warm Springs, with your brigade and three field batteies. Jnkins' brigade is also ordered.

I have directed Colonel Corley to use the railroad to the extent of its ability, without stopping supplies, to transport the sick and feeble, &c., of your command to Staunton. You had better send him the number you with forwarded by rail.

You can take the road through Charlottesville or Stanardsville, as you may deem best.

Very respectfully, your obedient srvant,

R. E. LEE,

General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPRTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, August 24, 1863.

Brigadier- General IMBODEN,

Commanding, &c., Harrisonburg:

The enemy, 3,000 strong, are pressing Colonel Jackson back toward Warm Springs and may advance on Staunton.

By order of Major General Sam. Jones:

GILES B. COOKE,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPRTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, August 24, 1863.

Major KENT, Commanding Home Guard, Wytheville:

MAJOR: When the enemy were last heard from, which was yesterday, they were pressing Colonel Jackson back to Warm Springs. Their whole force reported 3,000 strong. It is thought that their cavalry, numbering 1,200, will make a raid on some point of the railroad- most probably New River Bridge.

There is no telling when Wytheville will be threatened from Prestonsburg or from some other point on your front. This information is given that you may be ready for any move they may make.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GILES B. COOKLE,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, August 24, 1863.

Major KENT, Wytheville:

Have your guns and ammunition issued to your company immediately. The enemy's cavalry, 1,200 stong are reported advancing on New River Bridge. Hold your command in readiness t move at a moment's warning.

By order of Major General Sam. Jones:

GILES B. COOKE,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.