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HEADQUARTERS,

March 3, 1865. (Received 8. 30 p. m.)

Honorable J. C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War:

Fitz Lee will assemble his cavalry near Mechanicsville and Gordonsville. Better suspend transportation of articles to Lynchburg. Colonel Childs, at Fayetteville, has approved press dispatch giving Sherman's position. I suggest papers in Richmond be required not to publish.

R. E. LEE.

SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 52. Richmond, March 3, 1865.

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XXIII. Brigadier General W. M. Gardner, Provisional Army, C. S., is relieved from further service as commandant of post in this city, and the duties heretofore performed by him in that capacity will be assumed by Lieutenant General R. S. Ewell, commanding Department of Richmond. As soon as the exchange of prisoners (now being effected) shall have been consummated, General Gardner will be relieved from duty as commissary-general of prisoners, and will report to Major General H. Cobb, commanding &c., for assignment to duty.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copy to Major-General Kershaw.)

HEADQUARTERS DIVISION,

March 3, 1865.

Major R. P. DUNCAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: I have nothing special to report this morning. Two desertions from Elliott's and two from Ransom's brigade to the enemy.

Very respectfully, yours,

B. R. JOHNSON,

Major-General.