War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0688 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 70.

Richmond, Va., March 25, 1865.

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XIII. Major General Mansfield Lovell, Provisional Army, C. S., will immediately report by letter to General Robert E. Lee, commanding C. S. Army.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Richmond, Va., March 25, 1865.

Major General M. LOVELL:

(Care General J. E. Johnston, Raleigh, N. C.)

You will report immediately by letter to General R. E. Lee.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS, Numbers 4.

Near Smithfield, N. C., March 25, 1865.

The recent marches of this army have disclosed several irregularities which seriously impair its efficiency. Among these the most flagrant and mischievous are: The enormous straggling from the ranks to the wagon trains; marching without arms; disregard of regular formation; the unmilitary practice of interrupting the rate of march in crossing streams and other obstacles by allowing each man to pick his way, thus halting the whole column in rear; unauthorized use of public horses, and the common habit of permitting slightly sick men to march without order or officers. Commanding officers will devote themselves at once to the reformation of these abuses. Public horses not properly employed will be turned over to the chief quartermaster of the army, and men slightly sick will be marched in organized bodies under efficient officer.

By command of General Johnston:

ARCHER ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS, Numbers 10.

March 25, 1865.

I. Surg. J. H. Erskine, medical director of Lee's corps, will discharge the duties of medical director of the army till the arrival of Surg. A. J. Foard.

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IV. Major M. B. McMicken, quartermaster, is assigned to duty as chief quartermaster of the army.

By order of General Johnston:

KINLOCH FALCONER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.