be awarded them, that at least the brevet of that rank may be conferred as an honorable notice of meritorious service, and that deeds of bravery and faithful service be encouraged.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Petersburg, Va., October 3, 1864.
Bvt. Brigadier General W. S. TILTON,
Commanding Twenty-second Massachusetts Volunteers:
GENERAL: As your regiment leaves the army on the 5th instant by reason of expiration of term of service, I desire to express to you, your officers, and men, my satisfaction at the manner you have conducted yourselves since I have commanded the division in every circumstance of trial and danger. The valuable and efficient service you have rendered your country during the past three years of its eventful history is deserving of its gratitude and praise. You leave the army with an enviable record and with the regrets of your comrades at parting with you.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
October 3, 1864-7 p. m.
Commanding Second Division:
The major-general commanding directs that you send Colonel Hofmann's brigade at daybreak to-morrow morning to report here. Please acknowledge receipt.
FRED. T. LOCKE,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
October 3, 1864.
Colonel F. T. LOCKE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Fifth Army Corps:
COLONEL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your order directing Colonel Hofmann's brigade to leave me at daybreak to-morrow morning. In the meantime I had sent it, pursuant to verbal instructions from General Warren. It left about dark.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. B. AYRES,