War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0614 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W. & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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HEADQUARTERS,

August 31, 1862.

Colonel WALTON,

Commanding, &c.:

COLONEL: General Longstreet wishes you to move your batteries after the column this evening at Sudley Ford, halting and parking just this side of the ford.

Very respectfully,

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Get a guide and take the shortest route to the ford. All the batteries that are not with brigades are to be brought on by you.

Very respectfully,

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

August 31, 1862.

Colonel WALTON,

Commanding, &c.;

COLONEL: General Longstreet wishes you to send back at once to their brigades all the brigade batteries that you can get at. He also wishes your own batteries to be ready to move at a movement's warning.

Very respectfully,

G. M. SORRELL,

Richmond, September 1, 1862.

Brigadier-General WISE,

Commanding at Chaffin's Bluff:

GENERAL: I have just been informed by the Secretary of War that a fleet of three steamers was signaled yesterday coming up the James River, supposed to be bound for Aiken's Landing. If the guard at that point have not already the necessary instructions for such a case, will you please have the matter attended to. The landing of irresponsible or unauthorized persons should be strictly guarded against, and precautions taken to prevent the enemy from obtaining information.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. W. SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Richmond, September 1, 1862.

Brigadier General Henry A. WISE,

Commanding Brigade at Cheaffin's Bluff:

GENERAL: In the present reduced state of the number of troops in this vicinity, it is necessary to call upon your brigade for a regiment to work upon the lines this side of James River, extending from Chaffin's Bluff. You will please detail a regiment for that purpose, and direct the commander to report to Captain W. P. Smith, engineer in charge, at Mrs. Gay's, on New Market road.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. W. SMITH,

Major-General, Commanding.

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