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GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. GENL 'S OFFICE, Numbers 214.

Washington, December 24, 1862.

By directing of the President the troops in North Carolina will constitute the Eighteenth Army Corps, and Major General J. G. Foster is assigned to the command.

By order of the Secretary of War:

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. OF THE ARMY, ADJT. GENL 'S OFFICE, Numbers 140.

Washington, December 24, 1862.

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IV. Brigadier General I. N. Palmer, U. S. Volunteers, is assigned to duty with the command of Major General J. G. Foster, U. S. Volunteer, Department of North Carolina, and will report in person without delay.

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By command of Major-General Halleck:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, December 25, 1862.

Major-General DIX, Fort Monroe, Va.:

General Foster left here last evening and, if not detained by the fog, will be you this forenoon to arrange details. He saw the Commissary-General yesterday about rations. The troops sent to Beaufort should take supplies with them unless he directs differently.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

FORT MONROE, VA., December 25, 1862.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

As you wished me to make the movement in haste I am getting all the transportation I can find. The Cahawba arrived this morning from New York with provisions for Alexandria. She will carry 1,500 troops. I am transferring her cargo to two river steamers and shall send it without delay to Alexandria. I have transportation enough for at least 6,000 troops delay. The International, one of the sailing-vessel transports from New York, got aground on Smith's Island Shoal yesterday. I sent out a strong tug to her last night. If she can be got off she will carry 1,000 more troops. General Foster not arrived.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Yorktown, Va., December 25, 1862.

Colonel D. T. VAN BUREN,

Asst. Adjt. General, Department of Virginia, Yorktown, Va.:

COLONEL: In reply to the circular of December 22, 1862, from Headquarters Department of Virginia. I have the honor to report that the