War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0578 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. THIRD DIV., SECOND ARMY CORPS, Numbers 50.

February 17, 1865.

I. Bvt. Brigadier General G. W. West, colonel Seventeenth Maine Volunteers, is hereby temporarily assigned to the command of the First Brigade of this division, he having been relieved from command of Second Brigade by the return of Brigadier-General Pierce.

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By command of Brigadier-General De Trobriand:

WM. R. DRIVER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

February 17, 1865-9 a. m.

Brevet Major-General WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

I have the honor to report that nothing of importance has transpired in my front during the last twenty-four hours. One thousand men are at work to-day upon the defenses near Hatcher's Run.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

February 17, 1865.

Colonel GEORGE D. RUGGLES:

I have the honor to report that nothing of importance has transpired on the lines of this corps during the past twenty-four hours.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

February 17, 1865.

Brigadier-General MACKENZIE,

U. S. Volunteers:

GENERAL: In reply to your communication I have the honor to state, by direction of the major-general commanding, that as Brevet Brigadier-General Penrose has been assigned to duty by the President according to his brevet rank, and as he ranks both yourself and Brevet Brigadier-General Hamblin as colonel of volunteers and captain in the Regular Army, he is the ranking officer in the division at the present time, and as such will assume command of it during the temporary absence of Brevet Major-General Wheaton. The general is strongly of opinion that you rank Brevet Brigadier-General Penrose to the command of the First Brigade. He has never been relieved from its command, and consequently retains it, although with increased rank.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. H. WHITTELSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.