War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0256 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA, MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CITY POINT, January 25, 1865-7 p. m.

(Received 8 p. m.)

Honorable G. V. FOX,

Assistant Secretary of the Navy:

I will wait at Hampton Roads until Friday morning for you. Shall not start from here until 10 o'clock to-morrow evening unless you say you cannot go.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

WASHINGTON, January 25, 1865.

CHIEF OF ORDNANCE:

General Grant directs that a competent ordnance officer be sent to Fort Fisher, N. C., to report to General Terry, for the purpose of regulating the ordnance stores in that command.

Very respectfully,

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

U. S. S. NEW IRONSIDES,

January 25, 1865.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I am under way and coming up the James River rapidly.

WM. RADFORD,

Commodore, Commanding.

CITY POINT, VA., January 25, 1865.

Captain BLAKE, U. S. NAVY,

Monitor Onondage, Jones' Landing:

I will send officers to-night to complete the obstructions in the river. Please give them assistance and protection from the navy.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., January 25, 1865-10.20 a. m.

JOHN W. GARRETT, Esq.,

Baltimore:

It is a great reproach and injury to the service that, no matter what urgency there may be, no railroad communication between Washington and Annapolis can be relied on for want of your having engines fit to run on that road. Can you not correct this evil, or must the Department provide a remedy for an evil so enormous and unnecessary?

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.