HDQRS. FIRST DIV., 24TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 8.
In the Field, Va., February 1, 1865.
In compliance with Special Orders, Numbers 31, headquarters Twenty-fourth Army Corps, dated February 1, 18654, the undersigned assumed command of the First Division, Twenty-fourth Army Corps.
R. S. FOSTER,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.
WILSON'S SHARF, February 1, 1865.
Headquarters Army of the James:
There are no indications of the enemy in the vicinity of the post on either side of the river. The cavalry from this post are reconnoitering near Jones' Brigade, on the Chickahominy.
Brigadier-General, Commanding Brigade.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, February 1, 1865.
Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,
Commanding Middle Military Division, Winchester, Va.:
GENERAL: The accompanying memorandum* has been furnished to this Department by the Secretary of State, to be forwarded to you for delivery to Henry S. Foote. You will please, therefore, deliver it to him. You will ascertain form Mr. Foote whether he desires to return to Richmond, or to go beyond the jurisdiction of the United States. If he wishes to go to Richmond you will please immediately send him beyond your lines. If, however, he desires to go beyond the jurisdiction of the United States you will send him, in charge of an officer, to Major-General Dix, at New York, to whom directions will be given to carry into effect Mr. Foote' purpose to leave the country.
Your obedient servant,
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
CHARLESTON, W. VA., February 1, 1865.
Major ROBERT P. KENNEDY,
Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of West Virginia, Cumberland, Md.:
Scouts report large rebel force arrived at Lewisburg from Valley. Some say Rosser, others Breckinridge's old division. Do reports form Valley indicate this? Information conflicting.
JOHN H. OLEY,
Colonel, Commanding First Separate Brigade.