HEADQUARTERS, Cedar Creek, Va., May 21, 1864.
(Received 9.40 p.m. 22d.)
ADJUTANT-GENERAL U. S. ARMY:
GENERAL: If you can send me two energetic and efficient brigadiers it will add greatly to the availability of this command.
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 183.
Washington, May 21, 1864.
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15. Major Charles G. Halpine, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty in the Department of the East, and will report in person to Major-General Hunter, U. S. Volunteers, in the Department of West Virginia, for duty on his staff.
16. Lieutenant Samuel W. Stockton, Fourth U. S. Cavalry, is hereby relieved from duty with Brigadier-General Wilson, U. S. Volunteers, and will report in person, without delay, to Major-General Hunter, U. S. Volunteers, in the Department of West Virginia,for duty on his staff.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA, No. 27.
Cedar Creek, Va., May 21, 1864.
By an order of the President of the United States, I am relieved from the command of this department. Major-General Hunter, U. S. Volunteers, is my successor. In leaving the troops under my immediate command I feel it my duty to given my most sincere thanks to the officers and men who have assigned me so faithfully during the last campaign. Having no other wishes and aspirations but to serve and to promote the great cause, which we are bound to defend, I hope that final success may crown the indefatigable zeal and good will of this army.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA, No. 28.
Martinsburg, W. Va., May 21, 1864.
Agreeable to the orders of the President of the United States the undersigned assumes command of the Department of West Virginia. All reports and returns will be made to the headquarters of the department, as at present directed; and all communications for the commanding general of the department will be promptly forwarded to him in the field. In addition to the present department staff, Lieutenant Colonel Charles G. Halpine is announced as assistant adjutant-general, and Major Samuel W. Stockton as aide-de-camp. And these offices will be respected and obeyed accordingly.