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WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S.,

Richmond, Va., November 2, 1863.

General SAMUEL JONES,

Abingdon, Va.:

There are indications of enemy threatening a raid upon the Peninsula in formidable force. Do your plans allow the return of Corse's brigade? If so, hold it ready to move on order.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

ABINGDON,

November 2, 1863.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War, Richmond:

Your telegram received. I shall not move Corse's brigade or any other infantry beyond the Holston, unless I receive re-enforcements. It was be sent to you whenever your order it, but not without serious danger to this section of country.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 261.

Richmond, November 3, 1863.

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XXI. Major General Wade Hampton, Provisional Army, C. S., having repoted for duty, will proceed via Charlottesville to the headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, and report to General Robert E. Lee, commanding.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, November 3, 1863.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Abingdon:

Following dispatch just received:

Enemy reported to be moving toward Lewisburg, by ay Huntersville. General Imboden has been directed to follow them, communicating with you, and in concernt to strike them. Forces said to be from 5,000 to 7,000-cavalry, artillery, and infantry.

R. E. LEE,

General.

[Indorsement.]

I have sent General Echols' dispatch to Colonel McCausland and directed both of them to keep communications open. Have notified the home guards to be in readiness.

C. S. S. [STRINGFELLOW.]

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