War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0536 OPERATIONS IN N.VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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but leave nothing more than is absolutely necessary to hold it, acting purely on the defensive. The enemy will not undertake any offensive operations there, but will concentrate everything here. Breckinridge is unquestionably here. Sixty-six officers and men have been captured who were with Hoke in the capture of Plymouth. If Hunter can possibly get to Charlottesville and Lynchburg, he should do so, living on the country. The railroads and canal should be destroyed beyond possibility of repair for weeks. Completing this he could find his way back to his original base, or from about Gordonsville join this army.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. HASKIN'S DIV., 22nd ARMY CORPS,

DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, No. 56.

Washington, May 25, 1864.

1. Company B, Knap's artillery battalion Pennsylvania Volunteers, having reported for duty at these headquarters, is hereby assigned to Fort Meigs, and will relieve the detachment of the Ninth Company Massachusetts Artillery, at that post. The commanding officer of Company B will report to Captain Allen, at Fort Baker.

2. The detachment of the Ninth Company Massachusetts Artillery, now at Fort Meigs, will move, without delay, to Fort Du Pont.

3. The detachment of the Ninth Company Massachusetts Artillery,now at Fort Du Pont, will move without delay to Fort Davis.

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By order of Colonel Haskin:

R. CHANDLER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. HASKIN'S DIVISION, 22nd ARMY CORPS, DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON,

Washington, May 25, 1864.

Captain ALLEN,

Fort Baker:

Company B, Knap's artillery, Captain James Brown, will leave Soldiers' Rest at about 12 m. to-day. I gave him the order (a copy inclosed)*, and directed him to report to you after his company arrives at Meigs. The changes made in paragraphs 2 and 3 of this order are for the purpose of keeping detachments of the same company together, and not having parts of two companies mixed up at one post. You can make the necessary changes.

Very respectfully,

R. CHANDLER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DE RUSSY'S DIVISION, Arlington, Va., May 25, 1864.

Colonel A. A. GIBSON:

COLONEL: From instructions this moment received from department headquarters, the Tenth New York Artillery will at once prepare

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*See next preceding.

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