59. First. Upon the recommendation of the chief engineer, dated May 6, 1865, approved by the lieutenant-general, the major-general commanding the Department of Washington will at once give orders for the dismantling of the field-works, &c., constructed for the defense of Washington, with the following exceptions: North of the Potomac- Fort Carroll, Fort Stanton, Fort Baker, Fort Mahan, Fort Lincoln, Fort Totten, Fort Slocum, Fort Stevens, Fort Reno, and Fort Sumner; south of the Potomac-Fort Lyon and three redoubts, Fort Ellsworth, Fort Worth, Fort Ward, Fort Richardson, Fort McPherson, Fort Whipple, Fort Morton, Fort C. F. Smith, and Fort Ethan Allen; also the two river forts, Fort Foote and Battery Rodgers.
Second. He will see that the forts above named are properly armed, making such changes in their present armaments as may be required by the interests of the service.
Third. He will also see that the stores not required for those forts are properly stored and cared for, using temporarily such of the dismantled forts as may be required for those stores which cannot be properly cared for by the staff departments.
Fourth. Until Fort McPherson is so far completed as to be ready for its armament and garrison Forts Tillinghast and Craig, immediately in front of this position will be maintained.
Fifth. The ground occupied by the defenses to be abandoned will be restored to their proprietors of loyal character, endeavors being first made to liquidate all claims for occupation and damage of every kind by transferring to them all the right and title to the buildings and fixtures of timber on the bombproof, magazines, and stockades erected thereon. In the event that such arrangement is not made to liquidate the claims in full the buildings will be torn down and material transported to and used for construction of permanent defenses elsewhere, or sold, as may be found most advantageous. A sufficient guard will be, meantime, kept to protect the property from fire and injury.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 317.
Washington, June 19, 1865.
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7. Brigadier General W. Hays, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty with the Army of the Potomac, and will report to Brevet Major-General Hunt, chief of artillery, for duty.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
Washington, June 20, 1865.
General R. E. LEE,
Your communications of date of the 13th instant, stating the steps you had taken after reading the President's proclamation of the 29th ultimo,