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[478] General Longstreet are two very promising officers. The latter will be ordered to-day to advance with his brigade to Falls Church, and General Ewell to Annandale, so as to be ready to support, at a moment's notice, the forces at and about Munson's and Mason's hills (the latter is called also Chestnut Hill). I transferred, yesterday, my headquarters to this place, so as to be nearer the scene of operations.

I am under the impression, from all I can learn, that the enemy, whenever ready, will make a strong demonstration in our front, and then endeavor to turn this place, either by Dumfries, on the lower Potomac, or by Leesburg, on the upper Potomac; in either case we ought to be prepared to strike him from Camp Pickens as a centre, for which purpose we must have collected at that point a large depot of provisions and ammunition. But, to insure success, the Army of the Potomac ought to be under one head, with also one head to each of the two corps of said army; for the general-in-chief of such a large force has too much to engross his time and attention, to be able to discharge also the important duties of chief of a corps d'armee; and I take the liberty of presenting this important subject to your serious and immediate consideration, as I believe no time is to be lost in this matter. We still continue to have a great deal of sickness among the troops, but less so than when they were all on the southern side of Bull Run.

I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. S. General McClellan is said, by the prisoners, to have been present at Lewinsville.

Headquarters 1ST corps army of the Potomac, Fairfax Court-House, Sept. 23d, 1861.
Special Orders, No. 353.

I. First Lieutenant Edmund H. Cummins, Second Lieutenant G. T. Cox, and Private Walter Bowie, of the Beauregard rifles, are hereby authorized to enlist a company for the war, for service with a rocket battery, with the 1st Corps Army of the Potomac.

II. They are authorized to open recruiting stations at Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Lynchburg, and the assistant quartermaster of this corps will furnish them with transportation to these points, and also to themselves and recruits back to these headquarters.

III. The company will be mustered into service on the enrollment of not less than fifty privates.

By command of Genl. Beauregard,

Thomas Jordan, A. A. Genl.

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