War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0570 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN. VA. AMD N. C.

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exists in this department requiring the rest to be kept lounger away from the Army of the Potomac, 1 deem it my duty to advise you promptly, that the necessary order may be given for their return.

JNumbers A. DIX,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, November 9, 1864.

(Received 9.50 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

The Ninth Corps gives a Republican majority of 2, 125. No other returns are yet received.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, November 9, 1864. (Received 10.45 p.m.)

Honorable R. M. STANTON:

The following official statement of the vote polled in the Army of the Potomac yesterday has just been received from General Meade: Maine, total vote, 1,677; Lincoln's majority, 1,143. New Hampshire, 515; Lincoln majority, 279. Vermont, 102; Lincoln's majority, 42. Rhode Island, 190; Lincoln's majority, 134. Pennsylvania (seven counties to hear from), 11,122; Lincoln's majority, 3,494. West Virginia, 82; Lincoln's majority, 70. Ohio, 684; Lincoln's majority 306. Wisconsin, 1,065; Lincoln's majority, 633. Michigan, 1,917; Lincoln's majority, 745. Maryland, 1,428; Lincoln's majority, 89. New York, 305; Lincoln's majority,113.

Majority for Lincoln, 8,208.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

November 9, 1864.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Yesterday I was informed by Mr. Bonham, Republican agent of the State of Pennsylvania, that altered poll-books had distributed in this army by Mr. Jeremiah McKibbin, Democratic agent of the State of Pennsylvania. I immediately directed the commanding officers of Pennsylvania regiments to put the soldiers and others on their guard, and ordered the provost-marshal to detain Mr. McKibbin for examination. During the day two individuals, named Miles and Carrigan, Democratic agents, were arrested in the Second Corps, charged with circulating these altered poll-books. The alterations consist in the improper spelling of names, and in the tally lists the omission of a name. I have placed the whole matter in the hands of the judge-advocate of this army, with directions to investigate the affair and report whether any fraud has been committed or was intended, and whether the evidence justified the detention and trial of the person above named,. There is, however, great difficulty in settling these important questions from the ignorance in this army, particularly on my part, not only of the machinery of elections, but of the laws of Pennsylvania and their