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Special Orders,                                                               Hdqrs. Valley Mountain, Virginia

            No. -.                                                                                              August 25, 1861.


I. Brig. Gen. T. T. Fauntleroy, Provisional Army of Virginia, at his own request, is relieved from the command of the troops in and about Richmond

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III. Name the officer to relieve General Fauntleroy or to command the different camps, &c.,

            By order of General Lee:



Headquarters, Valley Mountain, Virginia.

Lieut. Col. George Deas, Assistant Adjutant-General:

            Colonel: Above you have an order relieving General Fauntleroy from duty, in accordance with his request. Before issuing it, please see as to his successor, and append another paragraph, appointing him to the command. If Colonel Dimmock can attend to the duty, appoint him, and, if necessary, see General Cooper on the subject. I have no news. The constant rains and travel have made the roads almost impassable, and the effort is to supply the troops with provisions. Other movements are at a stand. I sent Mayo to Richmond to report to you, on account of his health, which was suffering from the exposure. Sign the above order when completed as usual.

                        Very truly,

RE Lee.

            P. S. – Since writing the foregoing I have issued the order from the Adjutant-General’s office, diverting the Fourteenth North Carolina Regiment from this column to General Floyd’s. The second paragraph being unnecessary, I have consequently erased it. Re-enforcements are wanted on this line. Can any be had?






Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 5, pp. 807-808

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 14


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