CHAP. LW.] CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.—CONFEDERATE. 1301
to mention the name of the officer, but assented when I told him I would
substitute the " highest authority." I did this rather than not write at
all, supposing that under the circumstances you would have no diffi-
culty in understanding who was meant. Thank God, the thing has
been met, and I do not doubt greatly to your advantage, for your let-
ters to the Governor and McRae were written in a spirit of such pure,
disinterested patriotism that they have had good effect. I am directed
to form the reserve into brigades. I will be obliged if you will recom-
mend to me by telegraph some good man to be appointed to command
the regiment of Junior Reserves, to be made of the three battalions near
Wilmington. There will be a brigade of the Juniors, all of which will
be available for you.
I am, general, yours,
'SPECIAL ORDERS. } ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
No. 231. Richmond, Va., September 29, 1864.
II. The Local Defense Troops under the command of Brig. Gen. W.
M. Gardner, Provisional Army, C. S., will immediately report to Lieut.
Gen. R. S. Ewell, commanding, &c. Such of the brigade as may be
essential to the manufacture and continuance of current supplies to
the army will remain on duty as heretofore.
By command of the Secretary of War :
?ª JNO. WITHERS,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, -
Chaffin's Bluff, September 29, 1864-9.30 p. m.
Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,
General Gregg reports that he repulsed the several attacks of the
enemy made against the intermediate line of defenseS, capturing many
prisoners. The enemy still hold Battery Harrison on the exterior line.
Our loss is very small.
R. E. LEE.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
September 29, 1864.
'General SAMUEL COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond :
General Lee has moved to Chaffin's Bluff, where he can be communi-
cated with. Please inform the honorable Secretary of War and General
T. H. HOLMES.
W. H. TAYLOR,