such property in their possession, so that the guilty parties, should any be found, might be brought to punishment. I am instructed to add that your report is entirely satisfactory.
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, July 7, 1864.
I. The troops of the Department of North Carolina and Virginia serving with the Army of the Potomac in the field, under Major-General Smith, will constitute the Eighteenth Army Corps, and Major General William F. Smith is assigned to the command of the corps. Major General B. F. Butler will command the remainder of the troops in that department, having his headquarters at Fort Monroe.
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By order of the President:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
WASHINGTON, July 7, 1864-12.40 p. m.
Point Lookout having been attached to Department of Washington and General Barnes assigned to command, the Secretary of War has ordered General Hinks to report for temporary duty there. Acknowledge receipt.
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS, Near Bermuda Hundred, July 7, 1864-10 p. m.
(Received 12 p. m.)
Colonel TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General:
General Grant has already ordered General Hinks to Point Lookout for temporary duty, and he has gone. A rebel deserter reports that it is part of Early's plan to attack Point Lookout and release the prisoners, amusing us meanwhile at Martinsburg. This is sent for what it is worth.
B. F. BUTLER,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, July 7, 1864.
Brigadier General G. WEITZEL, Acting Chief of Staff:
GENERAL: The following dispatch has just been received and is respectfully forwarded:
RIVER-BANK SIGNAL STATION, Spring Hill, July 7, 1864-7.45 a. m.
A train of eleven cars loaded with troops has just passed toward Petersburg.
A. G. SIMONS,
Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. B. NORTON,
Captain and Chief Signal Officer.