War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1261 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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delay than it would be prudent to make. I shall order the troops to be ready and shall either send a division to you or move out and try and get at the enemy early in the morning. If I can get at him on this side I think it will be a better move, but as there is some doubt about that it may be better to re-enforce you by a division. If you can wait until day after to-morrow for the re-enforcements I can move out to-morrow and ascertain what can be done here, in time to send the division on the following day. In case I find that I cannot operate here to advantage the troops can go to you by rail, at taft time; it might answer you as well. May you not use a brigade of General Pickett's in defending, whilst I am trying to operate here offensively? Please let me know your decision at the earliest possible moment.

J. LONGSTREET,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 9, 1864.

Colonel LOGAN,

Commanding Gary's Cavalry Brigade:

You will have your command under arms and mounted at the junction of Charles City rod and line of works at 5 o'clock to-morrow morning, with three days' rations. You will then receive further orders.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

December 9, 1864.

General E. P. ALEXANDER,

Commanding, and Chief of Artillery:

You will order a battalion of artillery to report on the Charles City road, at the junction with the line of works, at 5 o'clock to-morrow. It will then receive further orders. You will order the rest of the artillery under your command to be in readiness to move at daylight in the morning. You will please report in person to Lieutenant-General Longstreet, at the Mr. Randolph's house, as soon as possible to-night, having with you a staff officer and courier.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 9, 1864.

Major-General KERSHAW, Commanding Division:

You will hold your division ready to move at daylight in the morning, with three days' rations, and you will relieve General Hoke's division at 5 o'clock to-morrow.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.