War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0120 N. AND SE.VA., N.C., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

January 13, 1865. (Received 10 a.m.)

Major BARSTOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Nothing to report for last twenty-four hours.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

January 13, 1865. (Received 11.10 a.m.)

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

I have nothing new to report along our line. The entrenchments are being repaired. The officer in command of the detachment First Connecticut Heavy Artillery reports a new magazine required in Battery 10.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, VA., January 13, 1865.

To THE PRESIDENT:

I respectfully ask permission to visit Washington upon personal business, to adjust some accounts, to get some vouchers and evidence in a suit commenced against me, which I cannot obtain without personal attention.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

EXECUTIVE MANSION,

Washington, January 13, 1865-3.35 p.m.

Major-General BUTLER,

Fort Monroe, Va.:

Yours, asking leave to come to Washington, is received. You have been summoned by the Committee on the Conduct of the War to attend here, which, of course, you will do.

A. LINCOLN.

PRIVATE.] FORT MONROE,

January 13, 1865.

MY DEAR RAWLINS: You know that I like to see a thing well done, if done at all, and I must say my enemies about your headquarters are very bungling in their malice and will bring the general into remark. Take the article in the Herald by Cadwallader, and it will appear to have been dictated at headquarters, where I know the general had nothing to do with it. It was not telegraphed, and to have reached Tuesday's Herald must have left in the mail-boat at 10 a.m., when the order for my removal was not served on me till 12 m. of the same day, Sunday. Unless the orders of the general are disclosed before they are made public, how could the "news of General Butler's removal excite much comment; but as far as I can learn but little or no animadversion." It could not have been known beyond General Grant's personal staff, and