O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXV/2 [S# 40]
Correspondence, Orders, And
Returns Relating To Operations In Northern Virginia, West Virginia,
Maryland, And Pennsylvania, From January 26 To June 2, 1863.
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.--#8
May 5, 1863.
Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War:
SIR: The city volunteers can only be assembled by ringing the
alarm bell, which I presume you do not wish done unless the enemy are
approaching. There is, however, a force available for a temporary guard at
the prison. When I was organizing the volunteers, Dr.[A. G.] Lane, of the
Winder Hospital, reported to me for orders with 300 convalescents able to
bear arms. I armed them, and placed them under the command of Col. Joseph
Selden for the defense of the River road. Doubting my authority, however, to
issue further orders to these men, I deem it best to inclose the order(*)
to you. My purpose was to bring them into the city to-morrow in order to
have the arms returned, and then to disband and send them back to Camp
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. W. RANDOLPH.
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