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Special Orders,                                                           Hdqrs. Army of Northern Virginia,

No. 8                                                                                                            January 9, 1865

            I. The Fortieth, Forty-seventh, and Fifty-fifth Regiments and the Twenty-second and Twenty-fifth Battalions Virginia Infantry are organized into a brigade, to the command of which Brig. Gen. S. M. Barton is hereby temporarily assigned.

            II. The First, Second, Third, and Fourth Battalions Virginia Reserves and the Tenth, Nineteenth, Eighteenth, and Twentieth Virginia Battalions of Heavy Artillery and the battalion of five companies serving at Chaffin’s Bluff are organized into one brigade. The Eighteenth Battalion of Georgia Heavy Artillery is temporarily attached to this brigade until it can be assigned to a Georgia brigade.

            III. The two brigades organized above and the brigade of Local Defense Troops, consisting of the Second and Third Regiments and the First, Fourth, and Fifth Battalions Local Defense Troops will constitute a division to the command of which Maj. Gen. G. W. C. Lee is hereby assigned.

            IV. The Thirteenth Alabama Regiment is transferred from Archer’s brigade, of Heth’s division, Third Corps, to Sanders’ (old) Alabama brigade, of Mahone’s division, same corps.

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By command of General R. E. Lee:

C. S. Venable,

Assistant Adjutant-General.







Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p. 1025

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier 2018 June

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