War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0228 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CITY POINT, VA., January 24, 1865-9.35 p. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

You will order one company of pontoniers to the Valley of the Shenandoah to report to Major-General Sheridan. The general would be pleased to have the same company and officers that were with him on his expedition last June.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

E. S. PARKER,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

January 24, 1865.

Major General J. G. PARKE:

Major-General Meade has left for Washington. He cannot now state how long he will be absent. He desires you to make your headquarters here.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS AMRY OF THE POTOMAC,

January 24, 1865-9.45 a. m.

General RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff, City Point:

If it is not contraband with you let us know the news from the seat of war on our light. There seems to be a difference of opinion up there.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CITY POINT, January 24, 1865-10 a. m.

Major-General WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

The following dispatch is transmitted for your information:

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

January 24, 1865-9 a. m.

The following dispatch just received from General Ferrero:

" Our shot strike the grounded boats every time, but they seem to shed them. They appear to be aground now upstream; easy range, but we have not metal enough. If the navy would give us a lift we can them all. One is blown up, one is disabled, and two others aground."

The Onondaga is just below the pontoon bridge.

JNO. GIBBON,

Major-General.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

(Copy to corps commanders.)