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apparent, and the movement might be increased in importance as the result might appear to justify.
General Lee to General Samuel Cooper, A. A. G., June 23, 1863, page 925.Urges that Corse's Brigade be sent to ‘Pickett's Division,’ not needed where it is especially if the plan of assembling an army under Beauregard at Culpeper C. H. is adopted.
General Lee opposite Williamsport, June 25, 1863, page 930, to Davis.If the plan I suggested the other day of organizing an army even in effigy under Beauregard at Culpeper C. H., can be carried into effect, much relief will be afforded.
If even the brigades in Virginia and North Carolina, which Generals D. H. Hill and Elzey think cannot be spared, were ordered there at once, and General Beauregard were sent there, if he had to return to South Carolina; it would do more to protect both States than anything else.
General Lee, Williams port, June 25, 1863, to Davis.It seems to me that we cannot afford to keep our troops awaiting possible movements of the enemy, but that our true policy is, as far as we can, to employ our own forces as to give occupation to his, at points of our selection. * * * I feel sure, therefore, that the best use that can be made of the troops in Carolina and those in Virginia now guarding Richmond, would be the prompt assembling of the main body of them * * together with as many as can be drawn from the army of General Beauregard at Culpeper C. H., under the command of that officer. It should never be forgotten that our concentration at any point, compels that of the enemy, and his numbers

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