War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 1313 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865.

Major General C. W. FIELD,

Commanding, &c.:

General Longstreet and staff accompany Pickett's division this morning in a move against Sheridan's cavalry, and I am directed to say that the command of the line will devolve upon you during his absence.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

March 14, 1865.

Lieutenant General R. S. EWELL,

Commanding Department, &c.:

You will direct Haskell to follow the enemy, if he goes east, until he crosses the Rapin or the Blue Ridge. If he goes toward the Peninsula he will follow as far as he can. From General Fitz Lee's information it is not unlikely that Sheridan will endeavor to get to the Peninsula, in which case Richmond will be threatened. You had better keep all of your troops in the trenches until the movements are definitely known.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., March 15, 1865.

General R. E. LEE:

GENERAL: General Trimble states that as he came up by flag a garrulous ambulance driver of the enemy said incidentally that the Ninth Corps crossed to the north side of the James this morning.

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 61.

Richmond, March 15, 1865.

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XXXI. The companies of Local Defense Cavalry attached to the Richmond Local Defense Troops will report immediately to Lieutenant-General Ewell for assignment to Major General Fitz Lee's cavalry division.

By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

TELEGRAPH ROAD, NEAR JUNCTION BY ASHLAND ROAD,

March 15, 1865-9.20 a. m.

Lieutenant-General EWELL,

Commanding Department of Richmond:

GENERAL: General Longstreet directs me to say that he has been waiting at this point since last evening for General Fitz Lee's cavalry.

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