no delay. I have provided for the needs of the artillery served by Company G by a detail from Company F. Perhaps a few more infantry will be rendered necessary at Fort Dutton.
I am, general, yours, in great haste,
HENRY L. ABBOT,
Brevet Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
CITY POINT, January 5, 1865-12.20 p. m.
Brigadier General I. VOGDES,
I will be in Norfolk this evening.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS EXPEDITIONARY FORCES, Numbers 1.
Steamship McClellan, January 5, 1865.
I. In obedience to Special Orders, Numbers 2, headquarters Armies of the United States, current series, the undersigned assumes command of the troops selected for the present expedition.
II. The officers named below, viz: Colonel George S. Dodge, U. S. Volunteers, chief quartermaster; Surg. Norman S. Barnes, U. S. Volunteers, medical director; Surg. A. J. H. Buzzell, Third New Hampshire Volunteers, medical inspector; Captain Adrian Terry, U. S. Volunteers, assistant adjutant-general; Captain Charles M. Sampson, U. S. Volunteers, assistant quartermaster; Captain Charles H. Davis, U. S. Volunteers, chief commissary; Captain Charles H. Graves, U. S. Volunteers, aide-de-camp; Captain George F. Towle, Fourth New Hampshire Volunteers, acting assistant inspector-general; Captain A. E. Smith, One hundred and seventeenth New York Volunteers, aide-de-camp; Captain R. W. Woodbury, Third New Hampshire Volunteers, acting ordnance officer; Lieutenant F. E. Beardslee, U. S. Army, signal officer; Lieutenant James M. Bradley, Fourth U. S. Colored Troops, chief of ambulance corps-are announced as on the staff of these headquarters, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
III. The steamship McClellan will be the flag-ship of the expedition.
ALFRED H. TERRY,
Brevet Major-General, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS EXPEDITIONARY FORCES, Numbers 2.
January 5, 1865.
The vessels containing the troops of this expedition will leave Hampton Roads precisely at 4 a. m. to-morrow. As far as possible the vessels containing the troops of each division will keep together and the whole fleet will follow the flag-ship, which will carry red, white, and green lights at the masthead. They will pass out between the capes, and when off Cape Henry the sealed orders which are furnished to the commanding officer on each transport will be opened. The speed of the transports will be as nearly as possible eight knots per hour.
By order of Bvt. Major General A. H. Terry:
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.