This is directly opposed to the order from Richmond, and I wish you would telegraph the fact to Richmond, so that I can be relieved from all blame. I had made my arrangements for the march via Harrisburg, and can prosecute it according to the schedule forwarded to Colonel Harman. Reply to this at Ryans' to-day (this evening).
WM. B. TALIAFERRO,
Colonel, Commanding Troops.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, ARMY OF NORTHWEST,
Huntersville, Va., November 30, 1861.
Colonel W. B. TALLIAFERRO,
Commanding, &c., at or near Ryan's, Monterey Line:
COLONEL: Your letter of the 29th, inclosing the telegram from General Cooper of the 28th, I have just received. A letter from the Secretary of War, d ated 24th instant, with regard to a movement of the troops of this army, was received by General Loring two days since, and he left here on yesterday for Staunton on business connected therewith. I respectfully suggest that you wait at Ryan's further orders from him. The information forwarded to you will be dispatched to him.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. L. STEVENSON,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
Goldsborough, December 1, 1862.
Brigadier General L. O'B. BRANCH,
Commanding, &c., New Berne, N. C.:
GENERAL: The adjutant-general will forward to you an order in relation to the movement of a portion of Spruill's regiment. By the time of its arrival it is presumed the permanent camp will have been selected. I hope you will be able to get correct information in regard to the movements of the enemy at Hatteras. I wrote yesterday in regard to Jordan's regiment, but in the hurry did not retain a copy of my letter. What I designed was that in case of emergency you would suspend the sending of the regiment of Roanoke Island and make such use of it as you might think best. I have written to the Governor in regard to your regiment, as you suggested.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. C. GATLIN,
SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 250.
Richmond, December 2, 1862.
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V. The following companies will immediately proceed to Dumfries, Va., and there be organized into a battalion, the designation of which will be the Fifth Battalion of Alabama Volunteers, Lieutenant Colonel F. B. Shepherd commanding: Captain Thomas Bush's company, Captain E. T. Smyth's company, Captain A. S. Vandegraff's company, Captain Dickinson's company, Captain Davis' company, Captain Smith's company.
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