War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1284 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS ARCHER'S AND WALKER'S BRIGADES,

August 27, 1864.

Colonel W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of Northern Virginia:

COLONEL: I have the honor to request the transfer of the Tennessee brigade (late Bushrod Johnson's) to my brigade. The Tennesseeans of my command who are anxious for this transfer, and have asked me to apply for, it assure me that it is equally the desire of Bushrod Johnson's brigade. Johnson's brigade in on provost duty in Richmond.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. J. ARCHER,

Brigadier-General.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS HETH'S DIVISION,

August 27, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded and recommended to the favorable consideration of the general commanding. I suggest that Walker's old brigade be put on the duty Johnson's brigade now performs. Walker's brigade is much reduced, and being a Virginia brigade, stationary and near their homes, would fill up. It numbers now 600 men for duty.

Respectfully,

H. HETH,

Major-General.

[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY CORPS,

August 28, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded, recommended.

It is certainly advisable to brigade together all the Tennessee troops in this army.

A. P. HILL,

Lieutenant-General.

[Third indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

August 30, 1864.

Respectfully referred to General Beauregard for remarks.

By order of General Lee:

W. H. TAYLOR.

[Fourth indorsement.]

AUGUST 31, 1864.

Respectfully returned to army headquarters.

The Tennessee brigade, known as Johnson's, is now in the Department of Richmond, under Lieutenant-General Ewell.

For General Beauregard:

J M. OTEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.