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[474] Engineers, will be charged with this duty. These movements may lead to the gravest results, and commanders of divisions and brigades should bear in mind the immense consequences involved. There must be no failure, and every effort must be made to prevent straggling. No one must be allowed to leave the ranks without special authority. After completing the movements ordered, the troops must be held in order of battle, as they may be attacked at any moment.

By command of Brigadier-General Mcdowell. James B. Fry, Adjutant-General.

Headquarters, Centreville, January 28, 1862.
General S. Cooper, Adjutant Inspector-General. Sir:
I am informed that General Order No. 2 has been distributed to the “war regiments” of the army.

A recent order of the Secretary of War directs me to send to Richmond six thousand of the muskets belonging to our absent sick. This deprives the different regiments of the means of arming their men who return from the hospital even, and of course there are no arms for recruits. I shall not, under such circumstances, permit the expense of recruiting to be incurred, without additional orders.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General.

Headquarters, Centreville, January 28, 1862.
Major-General Jackson, Commanding Valley District, Winchester. General:
I have to-day received your letters of 21st and 24th.

I regret to be unable to reenforce you. May not your own cavalry--Colonel Ashby's regiment — be concentrated and used for the purpose for which you apply to me for cavalry

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