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Petersburg, Virginia, June 1, 1862.
Hon. G W. Randolph, Secretary of War:
Two gunboats and one transport passed our pickets at Giles's Landing, on James River, at 12 M. on their way up the river. No particulars.

Your obedient servant,

James F. Milligan, Captain and Signal Officer.

The Thirtieth Virginia left here at 10 P. M., and the Forty-eighth Georgia at 11. A train has also [been] ordered, as I understand, to take up the Arkansas regiment of Colonel Manning at Port Walthall Junction. These troops could be stopped in Richmond and ordered back to Half-Way Station, thence take the line of march for Drewry's Bluff.

Richmond, Virginia, June 2, 1862.
Senior Officer at Drewry's Bluff, Va.:
We have just heard from Petersburg that seven or nine gunboats and six transports, with barges in tow, passed up James river since sunrise. Reinforcements are on their way to join you.

G. W. Randolph, Secretary of War.

Adjutant and Inspector General's office, Richmond, Virginia, June 2, 1862.
Special Orders, No. 126.

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II. By direction of the President General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army, will assume the immediate command of the armies in eastern Virginia and North Carolina.

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By command of the Secretary of War.

John Withers, Assistant Adjutant General.

Headquarters, Dabb's house Virginia, June 3, 1862.
Major W. H. Stevens, Chief Engineer Army of Northern Virginia:
Major,--I desire you to make an examination of the country in the

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