War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0147 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 24. Washington, January 16, 1865.

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40. As soon as he has received official notice of his exchange, Captain J. L. Greene, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers (a patroled prisoner of war), will report in person without delay to Brevet Major-General Kautz, U. S. Volunteers, commanding Cavalry Division, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, for assignment duty.

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61. Permission to visit Washington City, D. C., during his present leave of absence is hereby granted Major General H. G. Wright, U. S. Volunteers.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

W. A. NICHOLS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

January 16, 1865.

CORPS COMMANDERS:

Reports of signal officers and division commanders render it necessary for the corps to be kept on the alert. The Second Corps may expect a movement on the left.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

January 16, 1865-2.45 p.m.

CORPS COMMANDERS (except Second Corps):

No necessity exists for your keeping on the alert.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

January 16, 1865. (Sent 10.50 a.m.)

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

No changes in the disposition of this command since last report. Seven deserters from the enemy and one contraband are reported to have come into our lines during the night.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

January 16, 1865-1.15 p.m.

Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

General Mott reported to me about half an hour ago that it was reported to him that the enemy had shown a skirmish line in front of our pickets in the open fields of the Cummings house on the Vaughan