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HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, January 1, 1865. (Received 11.15 a. m.)

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Nothing to report for the last twenty-four hours.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General.

FORT BRADY, VA., January 1, 1865.

Bvt. Brigadier General H. L. ABBOT,

Commanding Siege Artillery:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report no firing. The mine at Dutch Gap Canal was exploded at precisely 4 p. m. to-day. There was no perceptible shock and but little noise; should not have noticed it had I been looking in another direction. Not a ripple in the river was created at this distance. Am fearful that the experiment has proved a failure; have no positive information with regard to it, however. General Butler and staff, and Senator Clark, of New Hampshire, were here to witness the event.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. H. PIERCE,

Captain, First Connecticut Artillery.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 1.

January 1, 1865.

1. The Provisional Brigade of the Third Division is hereby relieved from duty with Brigadier-General Devens. Colonel Granger, with his command, will report to Brigadier General A. Ames, commanding Second Division.

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By command of Bvt. Major General A. H. Terry:

THEODORE READ,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FIRST DIV., 24TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 1.

In the Field, Va., January 1, 1865.

Brigadier General R. S. Foster having received a leave of absence from the department the undersigned assumes command of this division.

JOS. R. HAWLEY,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FIRST DIV., 24TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 1.

In the Field, January 1, 1865.

I. Brigadier General Joseph R. Hawley, U. S. Volunteers, having assumed command of the division during the absence of Brigadier General R. S. Foster, Colonel Joseph C. Abbott, Seventh New Hampshire Volunteers, is assigned to the command of the Second Brigade.

By order of Brigadier General J. R. Hawley:

A. TERRY,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.