War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0528 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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HDQRS. SECOND DIV., DEPT. OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

April 3, 1862.

Major General D. H. HILL, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: In reply to your two notes of this date to General Longstreet, I am instructed to reply that you will proceed at once to Richmond independently of Griffith's brigade, and report there. The brigade battery will move with the rest of the brigade by rail. The general bids me say, unofficially, that instead of one brigade you will have four. Early's division is under orders to move.

I am, general, &c.,

G. MOXLEY SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

April 3, 1862-8.30 p. m.

Major General D. H. HILL, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I am instructed to say that the movement of troops directed this morning has been stopped. The orders issued in reference to it are consequently countermanded.

I am, general, &c.,

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Richmond, Va., April 3, 1862.

General B. HUGER,

Commanding, Norfolk, Va.:

GENERAL: The Secretary of the Navy has stated to me this morning that he requires six or eight 9-inch guns to arm the gun-boats now under construction. Some are wanted immediately for a boat now at Mobile. He has heard that two of these guns are at battery near Norfolk, where they might be replaced with 32-pounders (fifty-seven hundred weight) without great detriment to the defense of the river. The 32-pounders he can supply. I desire to know whether you have any 9-inch columbiads that you could spare if replaced by 32-pounders. It is very desirable to give suitable arms to the gun-boats if it can be accomplished. He also states that if he could obtain from the Army sufficienti mechanics the boats for Albemarle Sound could be furnished in forty days. Can you aid him in this way and supply their places in the Virginia regiments by additional men from the militia, of which I learn you have or will have more than sufficient to fill each company to 100?*

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE,

General, Commanding.

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Raleigh, April 3, 1862.

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,

President Confederate States, Richmond:

SIR: The telegraphic dispatches recently received from yourself, General Lee, and the Secretary of War induce me to believe there is

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*See Huger to Lee, April 4, 1862, VOL. XI, Part III, p. 420.

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