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PREPARING TO SWOOP ON M'CLELLAN.
NEAR WEYER'S CAVE, June 16, 1862.
MAJOR : As soon as any commander is ready to move down the Valley with his command, I desire him to do so, and he will encamp at such point as he may select between Staunton and Mount Craw- ford, without crossing North river. Please inform General Whiting and other commanders of this as they arrive in Staunton. It is de- sirable that the camp selected should fulfill the conditions of giving plenty wood and water and drill ground, and that the commander inform me of its location.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. J. JACKSON,
Major A. IV. Harman^ Quartermaster ; Staunton.
Jackson's references to selecting camping grounds are signally characteristic of him.
ON THE EVE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE.
Announcing to General Lee that the Enemy Had Made a Stand.
The following from General Jackson to General Lee, written on the eve of Chancellorsville, are copied from the originals, which are on exhibition in the State Library:
NEAR 3 P. M., May 2, 1863.
GENERAL, The enemy has made a stand at Chancellor's, which is about two miles from Chancellorsville. I hope as soon as prac- ticable to attack.
I trust that an ever kind Providence will bless us with great success.
T. J : JACKSON,
Lieutenant- General. General R. E. Lee.
The leading division is up and the next two appear to be well closed. T. J. J.