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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, August 24, 1863.

Colonel McCAUSLAND,

Commanding, &c., Princeton:

Telegrams, dated Union, August 23 and 24 inform me that the enemy, reported 3,000 strong, have pressed Colonel Jackson back toward Warm Springs, and that a body of cavalry numbering 1,200 may make a raid on the railroad near New River Brigdge; that another heavy column is moving on Lewisburg.

In view of the above, General Lee has orderd Wharton's and Jenkins' brigades to report to General Jones, via Staunton and Warm Springs.

GILES B. COOKE,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S.,

Richmond, August 24, 1863.

Brigadier General F. T. NICHOLLS,

Lynchburg, Va.:

Send such force as you can command, including the local militia, who will go as they did to Wytheville, to defend the bridge over New River, on the line of the railroad. There are guns at the ordnance depot. Call on Captain Getty, at Lynchburg, for the number you need, as also for munitions.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, August 24, 1863.

Brigadier- General NICHOLLS,

Lynchburg:

The enemy, 3,000 stong, are pressing Colonel Jackson back toward Warm Springs. It is thought the cavelry, 1,200 stong, will advance on the railroad, probably at New River Bridge. I would suggest that you hold all of your available force in readiness to proceed at a moment's warning to the support of the threatened point.

GILES B. COOKE,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTREN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, August 24, 1863.

Colonel ROBERT T. PRESTON,

Christiansburg:

The enemy are reported 1,200 strong, moving on New River Bridge. Hold you command in readiness to move at a moment's warning and await further orders.

By order,&c.:

GILES B. COOKE,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.