War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1163 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

January 30, 1865.

Lieutenant General R. S. EWELL,

Commanding Department of Richmond, Richmond:

Scouts report the advance of fur regiments of cavalry, with two pieces of artillery, on the Charles City road to Riddell's Shop and one regiment of cavalry on the Williamsburg road driving in our pickets near Bottom's Bridge. General Longstreet suggests that you have the heavy batteries on the intermediate line on the Brook and Mechanicsville and Meadown Bridge roads manned to-morrow morning to meet any sudden dash the enemy might make; also have your reserve batteries of artillery on those roads.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

January 30, 1865.

Major General G. W. C. LEE,

Chaffin's:

Scouts report the advanced of four regiments of cavalry on the Charles City road and one regiment on the Williamsburg road. An infantry move may be intended by the enemy. You had better caution your pickets and have your command on the alert early in the morning.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

January 30, 1865.

Colonel A. C. HASKELL,

Commanding Gary's Cavalry Brigade:

Your report of the movement of the enemy's cavalry has been received. You will endeavor to ascertain if there is any infantry behind the cavalry. Have your command ready to move early to-morrow morning if required.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

January 30, 1865.

Colonel A. C. HASKELL,

Commanding Gary's Cavalry Brigade:

General Longstreet directs that you have your command, mounted and dismounted men, over on and near the Nine Mile road early in the morning. Should you be pressed and need assistance you will call on General Benning for support, which he will be instructed to furnish you. Obtain all the information you can and advise us as speedily as possible.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.