War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0704 Chapter LXIII. MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA.

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RICHMOND, May 7, 1863.

Major General S. G. FRENCH,

Petersburg, Va.:

Order either Colonel Ferebee's or Colonel Baker's regiment of cavalry to report without delay to General R. E. Lee for duty with his army. Advice me of the one which you will send.

By order of General Longstreet:

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Richmond, May 7, 1863.

Major General S. G. FRENCH,

Petersburg, Va.:

Colonel Ferebee telegraphs as follows:

I have scouted through all this region to Isle of Wight Court-House, Chuckatuck, and Smithfield to this point-Ivor. I have found no enemy. Forage very scarce and my horses suffering much. Captain Graham is here with one squadron of the Second North Carolina Cavalry and can do all the picketing necessary.

G. M. SORREL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Richmond, May 7, 1863-3 p. m.

Major General J. B. HOOD,

Commaning Division:

I am instructed to direct that you move your command to-morrow morning at daylight in the direction of Hanover Junciotn. As you pass through the town you will receive further instructions from the commanding general. He wishes you to send orders to Colonel Van H. Manning to move his cavalry regiment at the same time, or as soon after you as practicable, and as a portion of your command.

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

G. M. SORRE.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD BRIGADE, VIRGINIA INFANTRY,

Camp near United States Ford, May 7, 1863.

Captain HALL,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Trimble's Division:

CAPTAIN: It is all quiet along the river in our front to-day. No enemy in sight, but scattering pickets on the cliffs on opposite side of the river. The batteries from the opposite side have been withdrawn. Some smoke aristing, as though there were troops encamped back from the river. We have captured some few stragging prisoners. They admit a complete trashing and rout. We have collected a number of good guns, acoutements, &c., also shoves, picks, and axes, and a large quality of fixed ammunition, which is damaged by the rain.

Respectfully,

J. Q. NADENBOUSCH,

Colonel, Commanding Third Brigadier Virginia Infty., Trimble's Division.

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