gotten the name among the soldiers as "Fighting Joe;" this reason, no doubt, has influenced the Administration in making the selection. The army above don't seem so full of fight; they seem jaded and tired. There is sickness prevailing in the ranks.
(Copy to General R. E. LEE.)
SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 188.
Richmond, August 10, 1864.
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XXXVIII. Major General L. L. Lomax will relieve Major-General Ransom in the command of the cavalry attached to the corps of Lieutenant-General Early. Upon being relieved Major-General Ransom will report to the Adjutant and Inspector General.
By command of the Secretary of War:
SAML. W. MELTON,
SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, No. 188.
August 10, 1864.
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VI. Brigadier General Philip Cook, Provisional Army, C. S., is assigned to the command of the brigade of Rodes' division formerly commanded by Brigadier-General Doles, and will report accordingly.
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By command of General R. E. Lee:
W. H. TAYLOR,
AUGUST 10, 1864.
GENERAL: The enemy is reported advancing. There is no cavalry on the road from Charlestown and Berryville to Winchester, Imboden's pickets having been cut in two. Keep a strict lookout and keep your forces in constant readiness; do not let us have another surprise.
J. A. EARLY,
[AUGUST 11, 1864.- For Lee to Seddon, relative to engagement at Moorefield, see p. 551.]
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,
Richmond, Va., August 11, 1864.
General R. E. LEE,
Information through signal office, said to be reliable, from Washington, of the 8th instant, states Grant and staff arrived in Washington from Baltimore on the 6th, and that his army has been moving away rapidly from Petersburg since his unsuccessful mining feat. Troops and munitions in large numbers and quantities have recently
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