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more are relieved from picket 10 a.m. duty, generally excused for balance of day; 150 men One hundred and thirty-third Ohio National Guard on daily engineer fatigue on fortifications and magazines about two or three times each week. I have to send from 50 to 150 men to repair U. S.military telegraph line from this place to Swan Point, absent from one to two days each time. Ten to 15 men Ohio National Guard at work on lookout. Yesterday very wet a.m. In p.m. division inspector here inspecting One hundred and thirty-third Ohio National Guard.

G. S. INNIS,

Colonel, Commanding.

FORT POWHATAN, July 26, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEITZEL:

GENERAL: Is it expected at department headquarters that I will personally superintend details on engineer fatigue duty; or shall I as heretofore place such details under the superintendence of Lieutenant Baldwin? Am I held responsible for any insufficiency of his superintendence?

G. S. INNIS,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, In the Field,

July 26, 1864-10 a.m.

Colonel INNIS,

Fort Powhatan:

Your dispatch received. Assist the engineers as much as possible and get that work done.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.

FORT POWHATAN, VA., July 26, 1864.

(Received 8.40 p.m.)

General WEITZEL:

GENERAL: I consider Lieutenant Baldwin a very inefficient officer. He sometimes keeps fatigue details waiting from half to one and a half hours before he gets ready to get them to work. One-half the men under proper management could turn off more work.

G. S. INNIS,

Colonel, Commanding.

JULY 26, 1864.

Colonel INNIS,

Fort Powhatan:

It is only expected that you furnish all details asks for with promptitude. You are not responsible for his inefficiency. If you think he is inefficient it is your duty to report him to these headquarters at once. I can send a better officer, but do not care to make the change just now.

G. WEITZEL,

Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.