HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
In the Field, May 10, 1864.
I am directed by the commanding general to order that you move your command to Bermuda Landing, and march to these headquarters as soon as you can. Transportation and rations have been ordered to you.
J. W. SHAFFER,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
In the Field, May 10, 1864-12 m.
Report in person.
B. F. BUTLER,
GENERAL SMITH'S SIGNAL STATION,
May 10, 1864-10 a. m.
Chief Signal Officer;
The following message* has just been received from City Point: General Hinks has returned to City Point with his command. General Kautz arrived with his command overland from Portsmouth about 8 this a. m.
S. N. ROGERS,
Lieutenant and Signal Officer.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
New Berne, N. C., May 10, 1864.
Brigadier General L. THOMAS,
Adjt. General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:
I presume that it will be needless for me to inform you that the article contained in the New York Herald, of the 6th instant, stating that immense amounts of public property were destroyed by fire in recent evacuation of Little Washington, &c., is absolutely false. No public property was abandoned or destroyed-that is, none of value. It is difficult to trace the firing of the buildings, but I hope yet to discover the incendiaries. All of the refugees are being cared for.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
I. N. PALMER,
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