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will be placed an route for Washington, D. C., for the purpose of being mustered out. Quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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By command of Major-General Ord:

R. S. DAVIS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, September 5, 1864. (Received 2 p. m.)

Major General D. B. BIRNEY,

Tenth Army Corps:

Major-General Ord has left the department on leave. Major-General Gibbon has taken command of his corps, whom I think you rank What shall I do about singing department order?

Respectfully,

R. S. DAVIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

September 5, 1864.

Major DAVIS:

I rank Major-General Gibbon and of course take command as senior officer. Any papers requiring immediate action you can send to me. You can transact the ordinary business of the department as was usual. As General Butler returns so soon it does not require my presence there.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

September 5, 1864.

Major DAVIS:

The Twenty-second Colored Troops is ordered to Bermuda Hundred according to order transmitted by you. They will march at daylight. General Birney thinks the transportation had better be sent to Broadway Landing and thus save the men a tedious march. Please answer whether any reason exists why may not be done.

ED. W. SMITH.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

September 5, 1864.

Major R. S. DAVIS:

Did Lieutenant-General Grant designate the Twenty-second regiment U. S. Colored Troops? It is in the trenches and cannot safety be withdrawn until night. Has General Butler returned?

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.