HEADQUARTERS LONGSTREET'S CORPS,
Near Richmond, Va., October 18, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel H. E. PEYTON,
Asst. Adjt. and Insp. General, Army of Norther Virginia:
COLONEL: On the 7th of August Lieutenant-General Anderson and staff left Richmond with Kershaw's division to co-operate with Lieutenant-General Early in the Valley of Virginia; returned to Gordonsville on the 22nd of September. The division was ordered on that date to report to Lieutenant-General Early, and Lieutenant-General Anderson to report with his staff to headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, which he did on the 27th of September.*
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNumbers W. FAIRFAX,
Major and Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.
WILMINGTON, N. C., October 18, 1864.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:
Can I have the battalion of cavalry recommended by General Lee from South Carolina?
W. H. C. WHITING,
Respectfully referred to General B. Bragg.
JOHN W. RIELY,
(Copy sent to the Secretary of War.)
Wilmington, N. C., October 18, 1864.
General ROBERT E. LEE,
Commanding Army of Northern Virginia, Petersburg:
GENERAL: I have received your letter of 8th instant.+ I hope the battalion of cavalry you recommended to be sent from South Carolina will be promptly forwarded. I am in great hopes of getting a respectable force from the State, though I could wish to have it at once to put in some sort of training as well as familiarity with the locality. I am very glad that you have advocated the detention of the privateer expedition. I have most earnestly protested against it. They are still, however, impressing coal with a view to go out on the dark of this moon. This will be about the 23rd. As no orders have yet come to stop it, I hope you will press your recommendation. The Tallahassee's cruise has already cost some ten ships and your army a very large amount of supplies, and this one, if persisted in, will make all receipts extremely precarious. The enemy have prepared ten steam launches,
*Some matters of detail omitted from this letter.