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Richmond, VA., March 13, 1862.

Brig. Gen. H. Heth, Commanding, &c., Lewisburg, Va.:

            General: As far as I can ascertain from the records in the Adjutant-General’s Office, the force under your command consists of the Twenty-second and Forty-fifth Virginia Regiments and the Eighth Regiment Virginia Cavalry. Please inform me of your actual force and whether you cannot increase it from the adjoining counties. Under the proclamation of the governor the present regiments must be filled up to the number designated before additional regiments can be received. I inclose authority from the governor to call out the militia in case of necessity, and you are desired to report what may be the prospect of recruiting your army in the Kanawha Valley and the counties west of the Alleghany.

                        I am, &c.,

RE Lee,

General, Commanding.

P.S. – Should the militia be called out, you will take measures not to interfere with the counties in which General H. Marshall is operating.


W. H. Taylor,

Assistant Adjutant-General.







Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 5, pp. 1098-1099

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 13

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