HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, In the Field,
July 25, 1864.
General G. F. SHEPLEY,
Major Hoffman, General Franklin's adjutant-general, has been ordered to report to your temporarily until Franklin gets well. He will be of great assistance to you, being a very fine and experienced officer.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C.
In the Field, Va., July 25, 1864.
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XIII. Major Wickham Hoffman, assistant adjutant-general, is hereby ordered to report to Brigadier General G. F. Shepley, commanding District of Eastern Virginia, for duty.
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By command of Major-General Butler:
R. S. DAVIS,
JULY 25, 1864.
Take most vigorous measures to have all your boats ready, provisioned and watered, with all the men you can muster and all the launches, to go on that expedition up the Rappahannock of which we were speaking the other day. Keep it quiet as possible that such an expedition is about to go up the Rappahannock, so that the enemy may not get notice, but I suppose it will leak out.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
WASHINGTON, D. C., July 26, 1864.
Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,
City Point, Va.:
General Rawlins arrived this morning. The President desires you to name, if you can, a time when it would be convenient for you to meet him in person at Fortress Monroe after Thursday morning.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
CITY POINT, VA., July 26, 1864-9 p.m.
Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
I will meet the President at Fortress Monroe at any time that will suit this convenience after about next Friday. I am commencing movements