buying the products of the rebel States, and allowing one-fourth of the value to go back in supplies. He has shown me a memorandum, which he says is in the handwriting of a rebel quartermaster, respecting proposals to exchange cotton for provisions upon this basis. It is also reported from the West that extensive arrangements have been made to supply the rebel armies there with food and other necessaries from within our lines under cover of the same Treasury orders. Please cause the facts at Norfolk to be investigated, and advise this Department what action you deem to be necessary in the premises upon military grounds.
C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War.
CITY POINT, VA., January 16, 1865.
(Received 5 p.m.)
Chief of Staff:
The following has been received from General Terry. Orders have been given for everything required.*
U. S. GRANT,
HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, No. 12. City Point, Va., January 16, 1865.
I. Lieutenant Colonel Horace Porter, aide-de-camp, will proceed without delay to Fort Monroe, and look after the prompt preparation of vessels by the quartermaster's department there that it has been instructed to get ready for the transportation of troops from here.
Any orders to the quartermaster, commissary, and ordnance departments necessary to facilitate the purpose of this order, and to carry out such verbal instructions in the premises as have been communicated to him, he is authorized to make in the name of the lieutenant-general commanding.
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By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
T. S. BOWERS,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
January 17 , 1865-9 a.m.
Will the lieutenant-general be at home to-day?
GEO. G. MEADE,
*See Terry to Rawlins, January 13, p.122.
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