DECEMBER 31, 1864-12.55 p. m.
Colonel C. B. COMSTOCK,
No officer or man was inside Fort Fisher. None were nearer to it than Colonel Jackson, of my staff. Colonel says that General Curtis did change his opinion. Neither General Ames nor General Curtis have yet arrived. I understand they will be up on the mail-boat to-day, and then I will get all the information you desire.
SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. SECOND DIV., 25TH ARMY CORPS,
Numbers 14. In the Field, Va., December 31, 1864.
I. Upon receipt of orders the commanding officer Forty-first U. S. Colored Troops will reported with his command to Colonel U. Doubleday, commanding Second Brigade, Second Division, Twenty-fifth Army Corps.
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IV. Paragraph II, Special Orders, Numbers 3, headquarters Second Division, Twenty-fifth Army Corps, assigning Bvt. Brigadier General Charles S. Russell to the command of the First Brigade of this division is hereby revoked, said order having been made under a misapprehension of his date of rank. Bvt. Brigadier General Charles S. Russell is hereby assigned to the command of the Third Brigade of this division, and will report for duty immediately upon receipt of orders.
V. The Forty-first U. S. Colored Troops, having been ordered to report for duty with this division, is hereby assigned to the Second Brigade of the same from and after January 1, 1865.
By command of Brigadier General William Birney:
THEO. C. GLAZIER,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HATCHER'S, December 31, 1864.
GENERAL: Lieutenant-Colonel Arden's brigade has arrived and part of Lieutenant-Colonel Wettstein's. General Thomas is about moving to report to Major-General Weitzel.
HDQRS. DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED, VA.,
ARMY OF THE JAMES,
December 31, 1864-9 a. m.
Brigadier General H. G. THOMAS,
Commanding Third Brigadier, Third Div., Twenty-fifth Army Corps:
GENERAL: You will at once, on the receipt of this order, proceed with your command, and report to Major-General Weitzel, commanding Twenty-fifth Army Corps, Army of the James. You will take your baggage, camp and garrison equipage, &c. You will give strict orders to have your camps left unmolested, and as clean as possible,