Hdqrs. Army of Northern Virginia,

September 26, 1862


Special Orders 201


II. The army will change its position to-morrow morning, commencing its march at daybreak. The right wing, under General Longstreet, will pass beyond Mill Creek and encamp on the waters flowing into the Opequon, extending as high, if necessary, as Lick River or the Red Bud.

III. The left wing, under General Jackson, will halt on Mill Creek, or in that vicinity, closing upon as far as the nature of the ground will admit.

IV. Staff officers from each command will be sent forward at once to select encampments convenient to wood and water. The troops will be moved on parallel roads, as far as practicable, the column being kept well closed.

V. The cavalry will continue in observations on the river front as usual.

VII. The exigencies of the service require that the batteries of artillery commanded by Captains Carpenter and Custshaw shall be temporarily united. Captain Carpenter will take command of the companies thus united. The batteries of Captains Wodding and Rice shall also be united, under the command of Captain Wooding. Lieutenants [B. F.] Brinker and [Jacob] Marks, of Captain Cutshaw’s battery, and Lieutenants [J. R.] Dickenson and [J. Q.] Adams, of Woodings battery, will report for duty to Maj. Gen. T. J. Jackson. In case their services are not required by him, he will direct them to report to the Adjutant and Inspector General, C. S. Army, Richmond, Va. Four guns will be allowed each battery, and the others will be turned over to General Pendleton, who will make the proper disposition of them.

VIII. It does not appear to be generally understood by commanders of companies that they are responsible for the arms and accouterments issued to their men, and unless such as may be lost are charged to the men on their muster-rolls, the amounts will be deducted from their own pay. Commanders of regiments will notify their officers of their responsibility, and hold them accountable.

By command of General R. E. Lee:

R. H. Chilton,

Assistant Adjutant General




Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 19, Part 2, pp. 628-629


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 September 26