October 4, 1864.
Respectfully referred to Major-General Meade for report.
To be returned.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
October 7, 1864.
Respectfully referred to the commanding officer Second Corps, for report and recommendation.
By command of Major-General Meade:
S. F. BARSTOW,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,
October 8,m 1864.
Respectfully referred to the commanding officer, Second Division, for a verification of the facts alleged herein.
By order of Major-General Hancock:
H. H. BINGHAM,
Major, Judge-Advocate, and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,
October 9, 1864.
Respectfully referred to the commanding officer, First Brigade, for report.
By order of Brigadier-General Egan:
A. HENRY EMBLER,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
[Inclosure Numbers 3.]
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,
Near Petersburg, Va., October 30, 1864.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
SIR: In conformity with directions from the headquarters Army of the Potomac I have the honor to submit the following report of the circumstances attending the order depriving the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers of the right to bear colors:
In the battle of Reams' Station, on the 25th of August last, a number of colors were lost in the Second Corps. Fourth of these were in my division. I caused reports to be made, and personally investigated the circumstances attending the loss of three of them. I considered that the loss of these colors was not justified by the circumstances, and acting upon what I considered an old established rule, that a regiment