ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 44.
Richmond, February 22, 1865.
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XL. Captain A. C. Earle's company, South Carolina Cavalry, is hereby assigned to the Nineteenth Battalion South Carolina Cavalry, and will join the command as soon as practicable.
XLI. Captain Fair's company of reserves is hereby transferred permanently to active servie the consent of officers and men, and is assigned to the Nineteenth Battalion South Carolina Cavalry.
By command of Secretary of War:
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
February 22, 1865.
If you cannot arrest progress of enemy, concentrate your troops, hang upon his flanks, cripple and retard him, leaving no supplies in his route. Be bold and judicious. Governor will give aid in his power. If prisoners are not received they must be sent to Richmond by rail or highway as fast as practicable.
R. E. LEE.
CHARTLOTTE, February 22, 1865.
General BRAXTON BRAGG,
If Wilmington and Weldon track is cut, can you use the rolling-stock to advantage in removing troops to head of North Carolina Railroad toward Salisbury or Charlotte? Refer to Colonel R. H. Colvan, president at Wilmington.
R. T. GUION.
FEBRUARY 22, 1865.
MAJOR: I have just been informed by Colonel Lipscomb that the enemy are advancing. I will have everything in readiness. Will ride out and investigate it.
R. F. HOKE,
IN THE FIELD,
Northeast River, February 22, 1865.
Colonel Hatch had probably better come on to communicate with enemy relative to exchange. His credentials may accomplish something. We evacuated Wilmington this morning.
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