War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0701 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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your here to-night. You may with advantage rest your troops somewhat druring the heat of the day, adn bring them in later in the evening. Halt and bivouac at the cross-roads, Harris' Shop, a mile above these headquarters, where you were encamped when you set out on the expedition. I inclosure a note for Colonel Baker, whit the commanding general desires forwarded to him. Please notify me on your arrival.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obdient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Near Sufolk, May 2, 1863-7,30 a. m.

Colonel JOHN A. BAKER,

Commanding Cavalry, &c.:

In the execution of your orders the commanding general desires you to keep him posted daily with information of your whereabouts and operations, the movement of the trains back, and such other advices as may be important. Use every effort in assisting the quartemasters in getting their trains across the river as rapidly as possible. They ought to be across to-night if proper energy has been displayed. Your movements will, of course, be in conformity with theirs.

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

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Near Sullolk, May 2, 1863-11 a. m.

Brigadier General H. l. BENNING,

Commanding Brigade:

Yours of 5,30 this morning is received. I have already written you this morning to bivouac to-night at Harris' Shop (the cross-roads just at our late headquarters). The courier may have missed you, and I therefore send this back to you at once. I have already sent orders to Colonel Baker to employ his command in covering the movements of the trains, and on his approaching Somerton to report his arrival there to the commanding general. His movements will, of course, conform to those of the trains. I hope these orders have reached you. They were, as in yours, duplicate.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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RICHMOND, May 3, 1863.

General R. E. LEE:

GENERAL: One regiment has been sent to bridge on North Anna, one to Hanover Junction, adn a force to bridge over South Anna, General Pettigrew's brigade arrived to-day from Petersburg. General Lee, from Gordonsville, reports enemy moving toward Columbia on James River. They have left the railroad. General Lee is moving after them. I shall detain Pettigrew's force here to-day.

ARNOLD ELZEY,

Major-General.

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