War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0399 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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McDOWELL, VA., November 29, 1861.

Colonel S. M. BARTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have just received your communication by express, dated yesterday. I have informed you that I was halted here by order of General Loring, but as I regard the order of the Adjutant-General as imperative I shall move on to Ryan's, and have expressed the telegram to General Loring, so that if he thinks it proper he may countermand the order. I have made all arrangements necessary for subsistence and forage up to the evening of the 3rd proximo. I can only reach Shaw's Fork to-night. Will reach Ryan's to-morrow by 3 o'clock, and advise you by express of my movements.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, commanding Troops en route for Manassas.



November 29, 1861-9 a. M.

Lieutenant Colonel C. L. STEVENSON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I am just in receipt of the inclosed telegram from Adjutant-General Cooper, addressed directly to me.* You will perceive the order is imperative to march from my present position, and is dated the 28th instant. I feel greatly embarrassed, but shall move my command on to Ryan's, at which point Colonel Barton writes me from Staunton to halt a few hours. It is impossible to reach Ryan's to-day, owing to the condition of the roads, and may not reach there before the evening of the 30th. I send this by special express, and any order of the general commanding can overtake me at Ryan's to-morrow night. Under the impression that the command was to march through Staunton to save transportation, I have not permitted the issue of all the tents which would be required by the troops. I will therefore have to send to Staunton forthem, as well as for some ammunition.


Colonel, &c.




Richmond, November 30, 1861.

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II. Major Waddill's Fourth Battalion Louisiana Volunteers will proceed to this city and report for duty to Brigadier-General Winder.

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VIII. Brigadier General R. B. Garnett, Provisional Army, will proceed to Manassas, Va., and report for duty to Brigadier-General Winder.

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XVI. Lieutenant Colonel H. H. Walker, Provisional Army, will proceed to Brooke's Station, Va., and report for duty to Major-General Holmes, with the Fortieth Regiment Virginia Volunteers.

By command of the Secretary of War:


Assistant Adjutant-General.



*See p. 393.