War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0940 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

HEADQUARTERS,

May 1, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel C. S. VENABLE,

Aide-de-Camp:

COLONEL: Your letter of yesterday is received. General Field will move to the vicinity of Gordonsville this afternoon or early to-morrow morning. As General Burnside's army is up in our front there can be but little use in holding any considerable force below Richmond, as there is no force of the enemy that can give us any trouble in that quarter. I hope, therefore, that at least Pickett's division may be sent up to us.

I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

May 1, 1864.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding Army of Northern Virginia:

GENERAL: Your letter of yesterday is received. We are making every effort to have our troops supplied with any articles, ordnance, &c., that may have been deficient, and hope that we may be fully prepared by to-morrow night for any service.

I remain, sir, very respectfully,

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

NEAR GREENVILLE,

Via Rocky Mount, May 1, 1864.

General BRAXTON BRAGG:

The enemy have evacuated Washington. Dearing, with his cavalry, is after them. Agents should be sent to Hyde County after corn and bacon.

R. F. HOKE,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 102.

Richmond, May 2, 1864.

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XXV. The Fifth Regiment North Carolina Cavalry, now on temporary service near this city, will immediately proceed to the headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, and report to General R. E. Lee, commanding, &c., for assignment to duty with Brigadier-General Gordon's brigade.

XXVI. The three companies of the Third North Carolina Cavalry, now serving in the Department of North Carolina, will rejoin their regiment now serving in Army of Northern Virginia.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.