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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 354. December 30, 1864.

1. The following-named officers will accompany the major-general commanding to Philadelphia: Bvt. Major F. M. Bache, Bvt. Major George Meade, Bvt. Major William Jay.

2. During the absence (temporary) of the major-general commanding, the command of this army devolves upon Major General J. G. Parke, the senior officer present.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 30, 1864. (Received 10.33 a. m.)

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

No changes in the disposition of this command since last report. Seven deserters from the rebel army came into our lines during the night and one yesterday morning, who was not included in the eighteen reported yesterday.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

December 30, 1864. (Received 9.55 a. m.)

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS:

Nothing worthy of report for the last twenty-four hours.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 30, 1864.

Brigadier General S. G. GRIFFIN,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that owing to the absence of Major-General Meade the command of the army devolves upon General Parke, and that Brevet Major-General Willcox takes command of this corps.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. M. LYDIG,

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS,

December 30, 1864.

Major-General ORD:

The brigade of General Harris' division on Bermuda front has been ordered to report to you. It will not, however, be over before day after to-morrow. The general commanding directs to place it in reserve.

JNumbers W. TURNER,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.