War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 1023 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - CONFEDERATE.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 116.

Richmond, May 19, 1964.

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VII. Captain Thomas Butler, Provisional Army, C. S., now on inspection duty with General B. Bragg, will proceed under his instructions to make a thorough inspection of the guards and bridges of the Danville and Piedmont railroads.

VIII. Major F. Molloy, commissary of subsistence, is assigned to duty as chief commissary Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia, and will report without delay to the general commanding.

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XIV. Colonel Gary, with his command, Hampton Legion Mounted Infantry, will report to Major General Robert Ransom, jr., in this city, for assignment to duty.

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XVIII. Major General George E. Pickett will immediately report to the general commanding Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia, who will reassemble and place him in command of that portion of his old division within the limits of that department.

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XXV. The Twenty-fifth Virginia Battalion, local service troops, Lieutenant Colonel W. M. Elliott commanding, is detached from Hunton's brigade, and will remain in the defenses around Richmond.

XXVI. In consideration of the meritorious conduct of the members of the battalion of soldiers lately released from the military prison in this city, and their good conduct during the late operations of the enemy in the immediate vicinity, the President directs that as soon as their present organization is broken up the men be returned to their respective commands without any further investigation of, or punishment for, the offenses with which they are individually charged.

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XXIX. Surg. R. P. Page, Provisional Army, C. X., is assigned to duty as chief surgeon Western District of North Carolina, and will report accordingly.

By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES,

Richmond, May 19, 1864.

Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith for your information:

First. Copy of communication of 14th instant, from General Beauregard, received to-day. Second. Copy of communication thereupon from myself to His Excellency the President, submitting remarks upon the plan exhibited in General Beauregard's letter.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG,

General.