War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1302 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., March 11, 1865.

General R. E. LEE:

I send you copies of dispatches from Major Carrington and Captain Robertson to Quartermaster-General. Supplies for your army are thus stopped. Can you provide a remedy, or is it of paramount importance that General Brag shall hold the trains?

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.

NITRE AND MINING BUREAU, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., March 11, 1865.

Honorable JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War:

SIR: In replying last night to your confidential circular, reference was had almost entirely to the military situation in North Carolina and Virginia, because no apprehension is felt with regard to supplied farther south. The hurried nature of the reply caused this fact to be over-looked at the time of writing.

Very respectfully, yours,

RICHARD MORTON,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Chief of Bureau.

SUBSISTENCE DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., March 11, 1865.

General I. M. ST. JOHN,

Commissary-General of Subsistence:

GENERAL: In response to the inquiry as to the financial wants of the bureau, I have to give the following report, viz: The appropriations are $120,000,000 for six months, or a per diem for the working days of $774,193. The amount of money actually paid, on account of this bureau, at the Treasury, cannot be ascertained. The wants of the bureau are fully the per diem, $774,193. The amount of warrants now unsigned is $3,300,000. Besides this amount there are expenditures for which no estimates have been able to reach the bureau, and requisition on the Treasury for the full amounts of estimates have not been made. The present debt of this bureau is not less than $70,000,000.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN M. STROTHER,

Captain and Assistant Commissary of Subsistence.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 11, 1865.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding:

If enemy is moving down the James, Pickett, &c., should be thrown into Richmond at once, so as to give us the opportunity to break Sheridan up before he can communicate with Grant. As I shall endeavor