Confederate General William Pendleton forwards March, 1865, orders from Lee that a battery be moved to Petersburg. Pendleton mentions rumors that Confederate troops had been captured near Staunton.
March 24, 1865.
Capt. McClanahan having been ordered, by telegram to Lieut.-Col. Chew, on the 27th of February, to prepare his battery for operations and report to Maj. McGregor near Petersburg as soon as possible with his battery, and nothing having been yet heard from him, it becomes necessary to hasten the movement of the battery, especially as a report is heard that Capt. McClanahan was captured by the enemy near Staunton. The officer commanding the battery will therefore immediately collect his men, with all the horses belonging to the company, and rendezvous at Lynchburg. He will then transport the company to Petersburg without delay, and report for orders to Capt. D. D. Pendleton, assistant adjutant-general, artillery. No time is to be lost in the execution of the order.
By command of Gen. Lee:
W. N. PENDLETON,
Brig.-Gen. and Chief of Artillery.
Bibliographic Information : Letter Reproduced from The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 46, Serial No. 97, Pages 1340-1341, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.