War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0712 OPERATIONS IN N.C., VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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If I was a little stronger, I think I could drive Meade's army under cover of the fortifications of Washington before he gathers more re-enforcements. When he gets all his re-enforcements I may be forced back to Richmond. The blow at Rosecrans should be made promptly, and Longstreet returned.

I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE,

General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, September 11, 1863.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Abingdon:

There is a report that the enemy, 800 strong, cavalry and infantry, breakfasted at Mr. Taylor's, this side of Tazewell Court-House, this morning. I do not know that the authority is good. Please instruct me if you wish the home guards called out, &c.

WM. B. MYERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, September 11, 1863.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Abingdon:

Your dispatch regarding the enemy just received. Have telegraphed to the commanding officers at Salem, Big Lick, and Christiansburg, also to Dodamead, to furnish transportation to New River Bridge.

Am sending down rations. Scouts are watching the Walker's Creek road and all the other approaches. Lieutenant-Colonel Gardner and Colonel Gray, of Newbern, are stationing the scouts.

I have telegraphed Major Kent, at Wytheville, to keep me advised of any approach in that direction. Riders are out collecting the home guards. Every one seems inclined to respond promptly to the call.

WM. B. MYERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, September 11, 1863.

Colonel TERRILL,

Salem:

The following dispatch has just been received from General Jones, at Abingdon:

Four hundred Yankees reported in Tazewell. Call out the home guard of Pulaski, Montgomery, and Roanoke, to protect Dublin and New River Bridge. You will collect force at once and be ready to come to New River Bridge. You will be informed when transportation will be ready.

WM. B. MYERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.