War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0664 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W. & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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brought to his recollection and returned. Major Mitchell will be instructed to obtain a supply and issued them to you on requisition. The general commanding desires you to keep a whole brigade on duty in the town, and have it so posted as to be concealed from the observation of the enemy.

I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

G. M. SORREL,

[21.] Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

December 19, 1862.

Major General L. McLAWS,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of this morning in reference to the supposed design on the part of the enemy to destroy the boats. The general commanding desires you to give orders to General Semmes, and to make arrangements yourself, to prevent any such destruction of the pontoons.

I am, general, very respectfully,

G. M. SORREL,

[21.] Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

December 19, 1862.

Major-General McLAWS,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: In reference to my note of this morning conveying the orders of the commanding general not allow any destruction of the pontoons on the part of the enemy, I am directed now to say that, as many citizens are said to have returned to their residences inn town, you need not make any trouble the boats nor do anything to draw the fire of the enemy again upon the town. The people of that place have already suffered so much that it is the desire of the commanding general that they shall not again, for a trifle, be exposed to a similar affliction.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

[21.] Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

December 19, 1862.

The signal of alarm hereafter will be three guns fired in rapid succession. If the alarm is on the left, the guns will be fired by Major-General Anderson and repeated by Major-General McLaws; if on the right, by Major-General Hood or Major-General Pickett, as either may first receive notice of attack, and repeated by Major-General McLaws. On the alarm being communicated, the troops will be formed and marched at once to their positions.

By command of Lieutenant-General Longstreet:

G. M. SORREL,

[21.] Assistant Adjutant-General.