War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1041 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 9.

Richmond, January 12, 1865.

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VIII. Colonel R. E. Withers, commanding post at Danville, Va., will immediately turn over the negroes employed on the defenses at that place to Major E. T. D. Myers, of the Engineers Corps, for temporary service on repairs on the Piedmont Railroad.

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XII. So much of paragraph XXXI, Special Orders, Numbers 304, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, series of 1864, as assigns Captain H. T. Stanton, assistant adjutant-general, to duty with General Giltner's cavalry brigade is hereby revoked, and Captain Stanton is assigned to duty with Brigadier General J. Echols, commanding reserves in Southwestern Virginia. Captain Joseph M. Flanagan, assistant adjutant-general, will also remain on duty with Brigadier General John Echols.

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XV. Captain J. M. Pace, assistant, adjutant-general, is assigned to duty with Brigadier General R. D. Johnston's brigade, to relieve Captain D. P. Halsey, assistant adjutant-general.

XVI. On being relieved by Captain J. M. Pace, assistant-adjutant-general, Captain D. P. Halsey, assistant-adjutant-general, is assigned to duty with the division commanded by Brigadier General G. C. Wharton, Army of Northern Virginia, and will report accordingly.

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XLI. It having been made known to this Department that the communications with Richmond have been interrupted, in consequence of the damage sustained by the railroad and canals from the late heavy rains and freshets, and that the necessary supplies for the Army of Northern Virginia cannot be obtained by ordinary means, and that a resort to extraordinary means must be had in the present emergency, the Commissary-General of Subsistence will impress for the immediate use of the army such supplies of subsistence as may be presently required. For this purpose he is authorized to exert whatever powers are allowed by the laws regulating impressments. more than one-half the supplies on hand for his family use will not be taken from any one owner. The Commissary-General will make such arrangements as may be necessary to lighten the burden upon the people, wither by consenting to replace, in a reasonable time, the supplies impressed or by accepting the vicinage appraisement without appeal. It is expected that the present emergency will be of short duration, and it is hoped that there will be a patriotic response to this unforeseen call upon the people.

XLII. It having been made known to this Department that the communications with Richmond have been interrupted, in consequence of the damage sustained by the railroads and canal from the late heavy rains and reshets, and that the necessary supplies for the Army of Northern Virginia cannot be obtained by ordinary means, and that a resort to extraordinary means must be had in the present emergency, the Quartermaster-General will impress for the immediate use of the army such grain and other forage as may be presently required. For this purpose he is authorized to exert whatever powers are allowed by the laws regulating impressments. more than one-half of the supplies on hand for his own use will not be taken from any one owner. The Quartermaster-General will make such arrangements as may be necessary to lighten the burden upon the people, either by consenting to replace, in a reasonable time, the supplies impressed or by accepting

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