War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1178 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 192

Richmond, August 15, 1864.

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XVIII. Colonel M. Lewis Clark, artillery, Provisional Army, C. S., is assigned to inspection duty in the Ordnance Department. He will report to and receive instructions from Colonel J. Gorgas, chief of ordnance, C. S. Army.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

SAML. W. MELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

AUGUST 15, 1864.

General R. E. LEE,

Chaffin's Farm:

One Dearing's scouts, said to be generally correct, reports Hancock's Second Corps went to City Point and came back again yesterday. Field's capture of prisoners from this corps yesterday seems to contradict this. Perhaps you have positive information. Dearing also reports enemy have withdrawn their pickets from Gary's Church. Hill reports enemy has strengthened his force in his front. At daylight about three brigades were seen moving to enemy's left. Hill's pickets report wagons or artillery moving from 11 until 3 o'clock last night to our left.

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

AUGUST 15, 1864.

General R. E. LEE:

General Hampton telegraphs from Richmond his command is moving back and he awaits instructions there. Cars are at Dunlop's for two brigades. If not needed for this purpose, Colonel Otey would like to have them for supplies.

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF N. CAROLINA AND SOUTHERN VA.,

Near Petersburg, Va., August 15, 1864.

General SAMUEL COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.;

GENERAL: Understanding that General Braxton Bragg has returned to Richmond, I have the honor to request as early an answer as practicable to my letter of the 25th ultimo.*

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

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*See Vol. XI, Part III, p. 801.

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