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WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, July 4, 1863.

Ordered: That all officers of the Army of the Potomac wounded in the late battle near Gettysburg, and unfit for duty, may, on arriving at Baltimore, report to Major-General Schenck, and on certificate of a medical director or surgeon of the army, of their disability, they may proceed directly to their respective homes, and report thence in writing to the Adjutant-General in Washington. By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. GENERAL 'S OFFICE,

Numbers 296.

Washington, July 4, 1863.

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II. The following assignment of officers is hereby made:

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Brigadier General E. L. Viele, U. S. Volunteers, to command the depot for drafted men at Annapolis Junction, Md.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 68.

July 4, 1863-4. 15 p. m.

The commanding general, in behalf of the country, thanks the Army of the Potomac for the glorious result of the recent operations.

An enemy, superior in numbers, and flushed with the pride of a successful invasion, attempted to overcome and destroy this army. Utterly baffled and defeated, he has now withdrawn from the contest. The privations and fatigue the army has endured, and the heroic courage and gallantry it has displayed, will be matters of history, to be over remembered.

Our task is not yet accomplished, and the commanding general looks to the army for greater efforts to drive from our soil every vestige of the presence of the invader. *

It is right and proper that we should, on all suitable occasions, return our grateful thanks to the Almighty Disposer of events, that in the goodness of this providence He has thought fit to give victory to the cause of the just.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 4, 1863.

Corps commanders will detail burial parties to bury all the enemy's dead in the vicinity of their lines. Correct accounts of the numbers

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*See Lincoln to Halleck, July 6, p. 566.

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