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VII. The Fifty - seventh Virginia Regiment is hereby constituted and will be under the command of Major E. F. Keen. Companies: Botetourt Guards, Captain J. J. Allen; Franklin Fire Eaters, Captain E. T. Bridges; Franklin Sharpshooters, Captain W. T. James; Pig River Grays, Captain W. H. Ramsey; Pittsylvania Life Guards, Captain A. J. Smith; Galveston Tigers, Captain David Dyer; Ladies Guards, Captain William Patterson; Henry and Pittsylvania Rifles, Captain V. O. Witcher; a portion of the Twentieth Regiment, Captain G. B. Hanes; Rivanna Guards, Captain John Bowie Magruder.

Bu order of the Secretary of War:

GEO. DEAS,

Assistant Adjutant - General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Yorktown, September 23, 1861.

Brigadier - General HUGER,

Commanding Norfolk, &C.:

Please let me know when the fleet of the enemy passed up the river, and also when they pass the capes. Telegraphic communication will be established in a day or two as far down the peninsula as Bethel. I would like to be kept advised to the movements of the enemy's shipping at Old Point and Newport News and the arrivals and departures of troops.

J. BANKHEAD MAGRUDER,

Brigadier - General, Commanding Department Peninsula.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE KANAWHA,

Camp at Meadow Bluff, September 23, 1861.

General R. T. BOWEN:

DEAR SIR: I understand you are now at Raliegh Court - House with your forces, and if I am correct in this information I desire you to hold your position until further advised by me, and to keep a close watch on all the movements of the enemy within the proper range of your scouts. I will communicate with you again.

By order of Brigadier General J. B. Floyd:

WM. E. PETERS.

Assistant Adjutant - General, Floyd's Bigade.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE KANAWHA,

Camp at Meadow Bluff, September 23, 1861.

Colonel ECTOR:

SIR: I have this evening learned that the enemy, in considerable force, have appeared before General Wise and are engaging him. I have reason to believe that this attack is intended to hold General Wise in his present position, while the much larger portion of the enemy's force will advance upon me by a different road. You will therefore hasten with all dispatch to join your regiment.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

John B. FLOYD,

By WM. E. PETERS,

Assistant Adjutant - General, Floyd's Brigade.

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