War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0840 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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May 27, 1864.


Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: General Lee has indicated his desire that your command should precede the corps back of the South Anna instead of following it as previously arranged. General Anderson, therefore, requests that you will at once draw out and move down the Fredericksburg railroad. I inclose a memorandum of the route marked out.

Very respectfully,


Assistant Adjutant-General.


ROUTE B.-Troops over Little River and South Anna River by the Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroad bridges. Trains over Little River by a bridge west of Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroad and over South Anna by Ellett's Bridge. This last bridge will have to be used also by trains of Ewell's corps. Breckinridge follows General Anderson's corps, and Pickett goes with Hill.



Richmond, May 27, 1864.

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II. On the application of Brigadier General S. M. Barton a court of inquiry is hereby ordered to convene in this city on the 7th proximo, or as soon thereafter as practicable, to inquire into certain allegations as to the conduct of Brigadier General S. M. Barton on the 10th instant made by Major General Robert Ransom, jr.

Detail for the Court: Major General John P. McCown, Brigadier General A. G. Blanchard, Major General W. M. Gardner, Major L. R. Page, assistant adjutant-general, judge-advocate.

The Court will report fully the facts, and will express its opinion on the merits of the case.

III. Captain L. S. Marye, ordnance corps, is relieved from duty as chief ordnance officer of Department of Richmond, and will report to Lieutenant Colonel J. C. Pemberton, commanding, &c., as his assistant for artillery and ordnance duty.

IV. Lieutenant E. A. Thorne, acting ordnance officer, will report to Major General Robert Ransom, jr., for assignment to duty as chief ordnance officer of the Department of Richmond.

V. Captain Thomas M. Barker, assistant quartermaster, will relieve Major George W. Melton, quartermaster, &c., of Brigadier General B. H. Robertson's brigade.

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XI. Major General Robert Ransom, jr., commanding, &c., will cause an investigation to be made concerning the occupancy of the depot and yard of the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company in this city by a detachment of troops on the 21st instant; also concerning the alleged harsh treatment received by a negro employe of said company at the hands of said troops. A report of the facts of the case will be made to this office.

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