War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1275 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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Organization of troops in the Department of Richmond, Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell, C. S. Army, commanding, February 28, 1865.

Barton's Brigade.

Brigadier General SETH M. BARTON.

2nd Virginia Battalion,- -.

25th Virginia, Battalion, - -.

40th Virginia, - -.

47th and 55th Virginia, - -.

Moore's Brigade.

Brigadier General PATRICK T. MOORE.

3rd Regiment Local Defense Troops, - -.

1st Virginia Reserve, - -.

2nd Virginia Battalion Reserves,- -.

1st Virginia Battalion Reseves,- -.

2nd Virginia Battalion Reserves, - -.

Artillery Brigade.

Colonel STAPLETON CRUTCHFIELD.

10th Virginia Battalion, Major James O. Hensley.

18th Virginia Battalion, Major Mark B. Hardin.

19th Virginia Battalion, Major N. R. Cary.

20th Virginia Battalion, Major James E. Robertson.

Garrison Chaffin's Bluff, Major Wade H. Gibbes.

Ninth Gerogia Artillery Battalion.

Major AUSTIN LEYDEN.

Light Artillery Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel CHARLES E. LIGHFOOT.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., March 1, 1865.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding Armies of the Confederate States:

GENERAL: I have this morning your letter of the 28th ultimo, informing me of the desertions between the 15th and 25th ultimo. This sad exhibit is doubtless due to the causes mentioned by you. I will continue to co-operate with you in urging the authorities and individuals of influence in the respective States to awaken a more wholesome state of public feeling. I know of nothing else that can be added to the means already employed to remedy the evil.

I am consulted daily by the bureaus of this department, and often by the heads of the other departments, on subjects which require information in regard to the military situation. I have,therefore, to request that you will be kind enough to furnish me the necessary information as often may be convenient.

With great respect, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 1, 1865.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding:

GENERAL: I had another interview with Major-General Ord yesterday and expressed the opinions that were spoken of in our interview at the President's mansion on Sabbath last. He acceded promptly to