War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0483 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- CONFEDERATE.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 48.

Richmond, March 1, 1862.

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XVIII. Captain Lloyd's company light artillery, North Carolina Volunteers, will proceed without delay to Richmond, Va., and report for duty to Brigadier General John H. Winder, commanding Department of Henrico.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA, Goldsborough, March 1, 1862.

Brigadier General L. O'B. BRANCH,

Commanding Forces, &c., New Berne, N. C.:

GENERAL: I have received your letter in regard to the batteries, &c.,; also Lieutenant-Colonel Crossan's letter. I hope you will push forward your defensive works with all possible vigor. I hope in a few days to have the services of Captain Meade, in whose ability as an engineer I have great confidence, and will take him down to New Berne, where a board of engineers can be assembled to examine and report upon the works. I have so little confidence in my own engineering that I would not like to advance an opinion when the services of a professional engineer can be obtained.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. C. GATLIN,

Brigadier-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 49.

Richmond, March 3, 1862.

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XIII. Captain W. V. Jordan's company, Virginia Volunteers, will proceed to Richmond, Va., and report for duty to Brigadier General John H. Winder, commanding Department of Henrico, for the purpose of being mustered into services and equipped for active duty as heavy artillerists.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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NORFOLK, March 3, 1862.

[President JEFFERSON DAVIS:]

MY DEAR SIR: I was much gratified at receiving your letter of the 26th of February,* and am very glad to have your aide-de-camp, Colonel Lee, to converse with and communicate to you my views. I have been much weakened of late by the removal of all the officers of the Navy, who as the most experienced artillerists have had charge of the different batteries. I take the liberty of inclosing you copies of two letteres I wrote to the War Department on this subject, dated December 23, 1861,+

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*See VOL. IX, p.45.

+See Huger to Benjamin, p.426.

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