War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0857 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - CONFEDERATE.

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ing that a colonel is in command at that important point may estimate our forces accordingly and be invited to make an attack on that city, which it is important to avoid. His estimate of our force, in the absence of more definite information, is very likely to be shaped by the known rank of the officer commanding it.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General, Commanding.

HANCOCK'S HOUSE, May 30, 1864 - 10.15 p. m.

General BRAXTON BRAGG:

General Lee having called on me for re-enforcements, and feeling authorized by the President's letter of 28th instant to send them, I have ordered Hoke's division to report to him. I will follow with Johnson's as soon as enemy's movements in my front will permit.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

RICHMOND, May 30, 1864 - 10.30 p. m.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD:

By direction of the President you will send Hoke's division, which you reported ready, immediately to this point by railroad. The trains will be ordered to report near your headquarters. Move with the utmost expedition, but with as much secrecy as possible.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF N. C. AND S. VA., Numbers 16.

May 30, 1864.

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IV. Hoke's division of infantry, with Read's battalion of artillery, will move as rapidly as possible to the headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, and report to General R. E. Lee, commanding. Johnson's division will be extended to occupy that portion of the lines now held by Hoke's division. General D. H. Hill will assist General Johnson in posting his troops. The chief of artillery will replace Read's battalion in the positions occupied by it with other artillery.

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By command of General Beauregard:

JNO. M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 126.

Richmond, May 31, 1864.

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XXXII. Major General R. F. Hoke, Provisional Army, C. S., with his division, will proceed with all possible expedition to headquarters Army of Northern Virginia and report to General R. E. Lee, commanding, & c., for assignment to duty.

By command of the Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.