War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0626 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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RICHMOND, September 22, 1862.

To the EDITORS OF THE ENQUIRER:

GENTLEMEN: In an editorial of this morning's issue of the Enquirer, under the heading "Authentic particulars," available strength of General R. E. Lee's army is given as 60,000. I am directed by the Secretary of War to call your attention to this, and to respectfully request that you will, for obvious reasons, avoid giving even approximate statement of the strength of our forces.

Very respectfully, &c.,

J. S. WHITING,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INS. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 222.

Richmond, Va., September 23, 1862.

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XIV. Captain M. Dulany Ball's company Virginia cavalry will be reorganized, and the captain is hereby authorized to call for all members of said company not transferred to other companies. When the reorganization is complete, he will report to Major General G. W. Smith, commanding, &c., Richmond.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

John WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 223.

Richmond, September 243, 1862.

VIII. Captain J. K. Littleton's company Partisan Rangers will proceed at once to Richmond, Va., and repot to Major General G. W. Smith, commanding.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

John WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS LIGHT DIVISION,

Camp Branch, September 24, 1862.

SOLDIERS OF THE LIGHT DIVISION:

You have done well and I am well pleased with you. You have fought in every battle from Mechanicsville to Shepherdstown, and no man can yet say that the Light Division was ever broken. You held the left at Manassas against overwhelming number and saved the army. You saved the day at Sharpsburg and at Shepherdstown. You were selected to face a storm of round shot, shell, and grape such as I have never before seen. I am proud to say to you that your services are appreciated by our general, and that you have a reputation in this army which it should be the object of every officer and private to sustain.

A. P. HILL,

Major-General.

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