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To the Washington Artillery, three, making in all sixteen; to Lee's battery, of Hampton's Legion, four, making ten; to Latham's battery, two, making six.

The officers of these batteries say they can easily receive these increases.

Probably Kemper's, Shields's, and the London batteries might also be strengthened, but I have not seen their officers.

Authority has been obtained for armament, as light artillery, of Captain Bonyer's company of the 28th Virginia regiment, and Captain Stribling's of the 49th Virginia, but their equipment must all be obtained in Richmond, as the following disposition has been made of the captured artillery:

No. of guns rec'd. No. of guns ret'd.

No. of guns rec'd.No. of guns ret'd
By General Johnston's command183
By General Holmes's command50
By General Beauregard's command 43
Total 276

The guns noted as returned, in place of some of the captured, are either inferior, or damaged, except two small 6-pounders turned in by Colonel Pendleton and re-issued to Captain Hamilton.

Of the remaining four, one is an iron 6-pounder, dismounted, and the other three have been lent to Captain Cutts's company for drill.

I am, very respectfully yours,

E. P. Alexander, Capt. Eng., and Chief Ord. and Arty.

Manassas, August 23d, 1861.
Dear General,—Longstreet had better look into this, and if there is such a force unsupported, take possession of it, or drive it off.

I do not want to make a war of outposts, neither do I wish that ours should be driven in just now. I had rather withdraw after driving back the enemy.

Yours truly,

Manassas, Va., August 27th, 1861.
Capt.,—I desire that you should call upon the Prest. with Major Gorgas, to represent to him that I have but thirty-five pieces of light artillery for thirty-five regiments of infantry, or one piece per regiment, whereas I think we ought to have at least three per regiment. Should we not be able to have additional light batteries, we must then supply their places with rocket batteries, for the purpose of frightening the untrained horses of the enemy. We must also have an increase of cavalry, of which the enemy is very deficient. We ought to have here about four thousand, or even five thousand, mounted men, for the purpose of charging on McClellan's batteries and raw infantry, after our rockets shall have put them in disorder. Colonels Preston, Miles, and Chestnut may be able to help you.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Duncan's House, August 31st, 1861.
Dear General,— * * * * * * * * I enclose a letter from Stuart, received this morning. My apprehension in regard

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