War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0744 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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Passage, three miles this side of Woodstock. About half the Shenandoah will be bridged to-night; the whole stream by to-morrow night.

J. D. IMBODEN,

Brigadier-General.

NEW MARKET, May 19, 1864.

(Received Staunton, 11.40 p. m.)

General J. C. BRECKINRIDGE:

GENERAL: The enemy is feeling his way up above Woodstock, with detachments of infantry, artillery, and cavalry to-day. I fear I shall soon have urgent need for all my men. If, therefore, it is possible to return me the Sixty-second [Virginia], I earnestly request you do so. That regiment is small now, and will be of little value to you, but inestimable to me as a nucleus to form the reserves upon.

J. D. IMBODEN,

Brigadier-General.

LYNCHBURG, May 19, 1864.

Colonel JOHN McCAUSLAND,

Christiansburg:

The whole reserve force of Virginia is called out by General Kemper, in command. Abingdon, Dublin, and Lynchburg are rendezvous. I will telegraph General Kemper on the subject. Let them remain for the time at Salem.

FRANCIS T. NICHOLLS,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

May 20, 1864.

Major General J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: General Lee having left camp before the original of the inclosed letter was ready for his signature, instructed me to send an official copy of it.

I have the honor to be, respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHARLES MARSHALL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

May 20, 1864.

Major General JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: Your letter* of the 17th instant was brought to me by Mr. Harman. I was much gratified to learn the indications of the completeness of your success,which is of great important and highly creditable to yourself and your command. I think you for

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