War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0160 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Numbers 16.

January 17, 1865.

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2. so much of paragraph 6, Special Orders, Numbers 3, of January 3, 1865, from these headquarters, as reduces the forage rations of cavalry and artillery horses is hereby rescinded.

3. A salute of 100 guns will be fired at 12 m. to-day in honor of the capture of Fort Fisher on the 15th instant. the chief of artillery is charged with the execution of this order.

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By command of Major-General Meade:

S. F. BARSTOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

January 17, 1865.

CORPS COMMANDERS:

The general commanding sends the following for the information of corps commanders.* In honor of the fall of Fort Fisher a salute of 100 guns will be fired to-day. Corps commanders are authorized and requested to endeavor to let the enemy know of the fall of Fort Fisher by assault.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

January 17, 1865 - 10.55 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 came into our lines during the night.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

January 17, 1865 - 6.40 p. m.

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

The following just received:

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

January 17, 1865.

Major S. CARNCROSS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Army Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that at about sunset a force of the enemy, about five or six regiments, was seen to pass to their left at a point bearing northwest from Fort Welch. i do not regard the movement as of any importance.

Very respectfully,

GEO. N. MACY,

Brevet Brigadier-General, Commanding.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

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* See Comstock to Grant, Part I, p. 405.

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