HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, SECOND DIV.,
TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
Chaffin's Farm, Va., December 5, 1864.
I. Pursuant to instructions received from headquarters Department of Virginia and North Carolina, Army of the James, the undersigned hereby assumes command of this brigade, consisting of the Forty-eighth and Forty-seventh New York, and Seventy-sixth, Ninety-seventh, and Two hundred and third Pennsylvania regiments of infantry.
II. All orders heretofore issued from headquarters Second Brigade, Second Division, Tenth Army Corps, will remain in full force, in this brigade until annulled or modified by competent authority.
Colonel Ninety-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers.
HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, THIRD DIV.,
TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
December 5, 1864.
In accordance with orders from division headquarters the undersigned hereby assumes command of the First Brigade, Third Division, Twenty-fourth Army Corps, which will be organized as follows: Eleventh Connecticut Volunteers, Thirteenth New Hampshire Volunteers, Nineteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, Eighty-first New York Volunteers, Ninety-eighth New York Volunteers, One hundred and thirty-ninth New York Volunteers. The following-named officers me announced on the brigade staff: Captain R. P. Staniels, Thirteenth New Hampshire Volunteers, acting assistant adjutant-general; Captain George N. Julian, Thirteenth New Hampshire Volunteers, acting assistant inspector-general; First Lieutenant P. H. O'Beirne, One hundred and thirty-ninth New York Volunteers, acting assistant quartermaster; First, Lieutenant D. D. Mott, Ninety-eighth New York Volunteers, acting commissary of subsistence; First Lieutenant Julius H. Clarke, Eighty-first New York Volunteers, acting aide-de-camp, First Lieutenant Charles B. Gafney, Thirteenth New Hampshire Volunteers, acting aide-de-camp. They will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
J. B. RAULSTON
Lieutenant-Colonel Eighty-first New York Volunteer Infantry.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., December 5, 1864.
Brigadier General L. THOMAS,
Adjutant-General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.,:
GENERAL: Having been yesterday placed in command of this corps, and assigned to it by authority from the War Department, I now respectfully request that the following appointments be made on my personal staff, and sent to me, viz: Captain E. E. Graves, Eighth Connecticut Volunteers, to be major and aide-de-camp; Captain H. B. Fitch, One hundred and thirty-ninth New York Volunteers, and Captain Lewis Weitzel, First U. S. Volunteers, to be captains and aides-de-camp. I further request that Captain D. D. Wheeler, assistant adjutant-general, U. S. Volunteers, be appointed assistant adjutant-general U. S. Volunteers, with the rank of major, and assigned to me. I have no adjutant-general now.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding Twenty-fifth Army Corps.