ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 31.
Richmond, February 7, 1862.
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VI. Major Archer Anderson, Provisinal Army, will report without delay to Major-General Holmees, commanding Aquia District, for duty as assistant adjutant-general.
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By command of the Secretary of War:
LEESBURG, VA., February 7, 1862.
Hon. J. P. BENJAMIN,
Secretary of War, C. S. A.:
SIR: With the approbation of the general commanding the Army of the Potomac, three forts were begun at this place. One is complete, capable of holding 400 men and twenty-four guns. It can only be taken by a regular siege. Another is about half done, and a third has a good deal of work done on it. These three forts, when finished, properly manned, and supplied with ordnance will secure this wealthy county and effectually prevent the long-contemplated flank movement on Manassas. I would therefore respectfully ask for an increase of force here, and for guns of long range to be placed in position in the forts.
With great respect,
D. H. HILL,
HEADQUARTERS, Centreville, February 10, 1862.
Respectfully forwarded to the Secretary of War, whose favorable consideration of the suggestion of General Hill is earnestly asked. The position is a very important one.
J. E. JOHNSTON,
Wha kind of guns are wanted for these forts?
[J. P. BENJAMIN.]
Two rifled guns of long range (4-inch and 6-inch rifled guns) have been sent. Besides those he has received, within a short time, three 3-inch rifled pieces. Same kind of guns would answer, and 8-inch siege howitzers, which are being made here slowly.
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A., Richmond, February 9, 1862.
SIR: The President had determined to recognize your services in the past campaign by promoting you to the rank of major-general, and your nomination will be submitted to Congress to-morrow. You will receive
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