HDQRS. FIRST SEPARATE Brigadier, DEPT. OF WASHINGTON,
Fairfax Court-House, Va., January 8, 1865-6 p.m.
Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,
Chief of Staff, Department of Washington:
COLONEL: Reports from the several stations on the line just received. Last night the pickets outside at Lewinsville and in the same direction from Vienna were felt and fired into without loss. The balance of the line quiet.
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
BALTIMORE, January 8, 1865-2 p.m.
I know nothing of the movement of the troops from General Sheridan, except what the depot quartermaster informed me on Friday night-that a division had arrived but there were no transports ready whereupon I provided camp ground. The quartermaster now informs me that transportation for 3,000 is here. Remainder of vessels expected hourly from New York, having left on 5th and 7th. Transportation sent from Old Point was not sufficient. General Grover, who is in command, informs me he will embark the troops and depart as each vessel is ready, without waiting for all and with all possible haste. I will render him all the aid I can.
BALTIMORE, MD., January 8, 1865-12.30 p.m.
(Received 12.40 p.m.)
General CHARLES THOMAS,
Your dispatch received. I am advised by Colonel Wise that in addition to the vessels now here a sufficient number left New York on the 5th and 6th instant to complete the transportation required. These, however, have not yet arrived. Every effort will be made to hasten the embarkation of the troops.
R. M. NEWPORT,
Colonel and Quartermaster.
BALTIMORE, MD., January 8, 1865-3 p.m.
(Received 3.30 p.m.)
I will remain in Baltimore to-morrow to assist in the transportation for the troops, unless otherwise directed.
GEORGE D. WISE
Colonel and d Quartermaster.