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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Numbers 112.

City Point, Va., October 26, 1864.

I. Brigadier General H. W. Benham, commanding Engineer Brigade, Army of the Potomac and Defenses of City Point, is hereby relieved from such commands and from duty with the Army of the Potomac, and will report in person to Brigadier General Richard Delafield, Chief Engineer, Washington, D. C., for orders.

II. Brigadier General M. R. Patrick, U. S. Volunteers, is assigned to the command of the troops and defenses at City Point, and will immediately assume said command.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

T. S. BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 289.

October 26, 1864.

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6. Lieutenant Colonel Ira Spaulding, Fiftieth New York Engineers, is assigned for the present to the command of the Engineer Brigade, and will enter upon duty accordingly.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 26, 1864.

General WILLIAMS:

Nothing unusual has occurred during the night. Six deserters came in, belonging to Johnson's and Mahone's divisions. They have nothing new; say that the intrenchments are held by Johnson, Mahone, and the militia, and that all detailed men have been returned, and even the artillerymen furnished with muskets.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 26, 1864-6 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

Captain Ryckman, commanding cavalry pickets from Weldon railroad to the infantry left, has been directed by the commanding general to keep up his pickets until your order him to relieve them, and to report to you and remain with you during the operations. Captain Ryckman is on the Vaughan road about a mile or a mile and a half beyond the intrenchments.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.