to that of the Peninsula
The former was thus reduced to four divisions: Jackson
's at Mount Jackson
's on the Rappahannock
's at Orange Court-House
, and G. W. Smith
's at Fredericksburg
Before the 10th, the President
was convinced, by Major-General Magruder
's reports, that the entire army just brought down the Potomac
, by General McClellan
, was then on the Peninsula
, to move upon Richmond
by that route.
He therefore directed me to make such defensive arrangements as might be necessary in the Department of Northern Virginia, and put my remaining troops in march for Richmond
, and then to report to him for further instructions.
In obedience to these orders, Major-General Ewell
was left with his division and a regiment of cavalry, in observation on the Upper Rappahannock
; and Major-General Longstreet
was directed to march with his to Richmond
was left in the Valley
to oppose greatly superior Federal forces, and authorized to call Ewell
's division to his assistance in case of necessity; and General Ewell
was instructed to comply with such a call.
was instructed to leave a mixed force, equal to a brigade, in front of Fredericksburg
, and move towards Richmond
with all his remaining troops.
On reporting to the President
, I was informed by him that my command was to be extended over the Departments of the Peninsula
; and his excellency desired me to visit those departments immediately, to ascertain their military condition, before assuming the command.