War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0717 Chapter XLIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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to-day, and he is moving to meet him. Directs me, if Sigel can't be kept in the Valley, to cross to Orange. Can;t notify you. Combined movement proposed above will, I think, bring him back. Answer.

J. D. IMBODEN,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, May 5, 1864. (Via Staunton.)

Brigadier-General IMBODEN,

At his Headquarters:

Can't make out your dispatch in cipher of this date. I have 4,000 men en route for Jackson Depot to take cars. I start across country to-night. Will reach there Saturday morning. Telegraph me to that point the condition of affairs.

JNO. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Major-General.

DUBLIN DEPOT, May 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General ECHOLS,

Commanding, &c., Monroe County, Va.:

Unless threatened by an immediate advance of enemy in force, move with all possible expedition to Jackson River Depot. Leave Thurmond's companies and direct them to report to Brigadier-General Jenkins. Direct Colonel Jackson to report to General Jenkins. Answer to Narrows.

JNO. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST BRIGADE,

May 5, 1864-5 p. m.

Major General JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Dublin:

I wrote to Major Stringfellow this morning fully. I have not heard of the enemy to-day. Their cavalry came last night to Meadow River bridge, seventeen miles from Lewisburg. I will at once take steps to move my brigade infantry and artillery, as ordered in your dispatch just received. I will order Colonel Jackson and Captain Thurmond as directed. I wrote that the Fourteenth Regiment [Virginia Cavalry] had all been sent back by General Jenkins for their horses. I will leave here by sunrise in the morning, unless otherwise ordered.

JNO. ECHOLS,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST BRIGADE,

May 5, 1864-10 p. m.

Major-General BRECKINRIDGE, Dublin:

My command is under orders and ready to move to-morrow morning at 6 o'clock as ordered. I have this moment received a dispatch from major Eakle, written late this afternoon, sixteen miles from