CITY POINT, VA., December 13, 1864.
Commanding Army of the James:
I shall start soon to visit you. Please sent two ambulances to Aiken's. The ladies will be with me.
U. S. GRANT,
FORT MONROE, VA., December 13, 1864-1.30 p.m. (Received 1.50 p.m.)
Honorable GIDEON WELLES,
Secretary of the Navy:
I shall leave here for Beaufort in an hour.
D. D. PORTER,
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, Va., December 13, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel EDWARD W. SMITH,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept. of Va. and N. C.:
COLONEL: I respectfully apply for the return to duty with their respective regiments of all officers and enlisted men of this command now on detached service with the Twenty-fifth Army Corps. I am well aware that it is a matter of necessity that details should be made from the white troops for certain duties in that corps, but I respectfully suggest that the interests of the service would be promoted by making them from the troops in garrison in this department rather than from the active army in the field.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ALF. H. TERRY,
Brevet Major-General, Commanding.
HDQRS. TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
No. 5. In the Field, Va., December 13, 1864.
The troops at Camp Holly, Signal Hill, Four-Mile Church, and ravine redoubt, artillery and infantry, will be under the command of the senior officer at these posts, who, in cases of attack, will be held responsible for their proper defense, and at all times will be responsible for the policing of the camps, and that the works are kept in repair. This order will not be constructed to interfere with the instructions of the chief of artillery to the artillery in the redoubts.
By command of Bvt. Major General A. H. Terry:
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.