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Keep in Staunton only enough well men to answer your purposes and have the others sent to their companies, and next Monday please mail the accompanying letter to Mrs. Jackson. Always put desert- ers in irons.
Very truly your friend,
T. J, JACKSON.
He did not wish the letter sent to Mrs. Jackson until after the re- sult which followed the capture of Strasburg, Front Royal, and Whir
A. W. H.
INSTRUCTIONS TO WATCH FREEMONT.
May 28, 1862.
DEAR MAJOR : Please send the above by telegraph. Direct Cap- tain Gilmer to return towards Shaw's Fork, or to keep within sight of the enemy if he is this side. Please give me all the information you can respecting Fremont's movements. Don't keep many stores on hand at Staunton. Organize your convalescents so as to resist any incursions of cavalry. You needn't send any more of them here for the present if you can make them useful with arms at Staunton. The hospital stores should be sent off as received, but let it all be done in a quiet way.
Very truly yours,
T. J. JACKSON,
Major- General. To Major A. W. Harman, Commanding Post.
The telegram referred to was one announcing his success at Stras- burg, Front Royal, and Winchester, to the Secretary of War. The hospital stores were the immense captures at these points, and were sent to Staunton.
A. W. H. ABOUT ASHBY'S CAVALRY.
NEAR PORT REPUBLIC, June 10, 1862.
MAJOR :' I am gratified to see from your letter that you have suc- ceeded so well in removing the public property from Staunton. Re- specting your operating against the enemy with Gilmer' s company and such other force as you may be able to collect, it is not advisable for the present. I am very desirous of having the cavalry, lately