In this June, 1863, Confederate dispatch, First Corps Assistant Adjutant Gilbert Moxley Sorrel writes General George Pickett with orders for movements in the Chambersburg vicinity. Sorrel also mentions captured contrabands.
HDQRS. FIRST ARMY CORPS,
Maj. Gen. G. E. PICKETT,
July 1, 1863
As directed yesterday evening, if relieved in time to-day by Gen. Imboden, the commanding general desires you to come on this evening as far as this point, and to follow on after the remainder of the command across the mountains to-morrow morning. If you do not start from the vicinity of Chambersburg before to-morrow you may move on across the mountain without stopping here. When you arrive here, either this evening or to-morrow, the commanding general wishes you to relieve a brigade of Gen. Hood at New Guilford, and send it forward to rejoin his division. Your own brigade will in turn be relieved by Gen. Imboden when he gets here and sent on to rejoin you. The captured contrabands had better be brought along with you for further disposition.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. M. SORREL,
Bibliographic Information : Letter Reproduced from The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 51, Serial No. 108, Pages 733, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.