the war that information of intended movements has been prematurely conveyed to the enemy. There have been various attempts to fix fire responsibility of such injurious intelligence. It is not just to blame the newspaper man for the use of news which given to him by officers of the Army. The fault should be corrected at the fountain. It is respectfully requested that, as in this case the exacts facts are ascertainable, due investigation be had and such example made as will put an end to so pernicious a practice.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
HDQRS. TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 14.
In the Field, January 20, 1865.
Captain Edward Moale, Nineteenth U. S. Infantry, aide-de-camp, is announced acting assistant adjutant-general, during the temporary absence of Major Theodore Read, assistant adjutant-general.
By command of Major General John Gibbon:
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
[JANUARY 20, 1865.- Fort order convening board to examine into the cause of explosion of magazine at Fort Fisher, see Part I, p. 425.]
NEW BERNE, January 20, 1865.
Admiral Porter sends me word that New Berne is to be attacked, but does not say when or how. Be on the alert.
MOREHEAD, [January] 20, 1865.
COMMANDING OFFICER TWELFTH NEW YORK CAVALRY:
You will disembark your command at New port Barracks and report for duty to Lieutenant-Colonel Splaine, commanding Seventeenth Massachusetts Infantry. Also by letter to these headquarters.
By order of Colonel Stewart, jr.:
J. W. ATWILL,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Washington, D. C., January 20, 1865 - 12 m. (Via Cumberland.)
Please come immediately to Washington to meet General Grant.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.