War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0585 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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ran in disorder at the first fire, and could not be rallied. Some of them came in. Last night the rebel flag-of-truce boat, returning to Richmond with blankets and clothing for our prisoners, was blown up by one of the rebel torpedoes. It is understood that Colonel Hatch and all on board perished. They were all rebels. Loss of blankets and clothing heavy to us.

SHARPE,

Colonel.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION, February 18, 1865-9 a. m.

Captain C. L. DAVIS:

Enemy have put out about sixty yards of chevaux-de-frise in our immediate front; have also material (unfinished) connecting with that sufficient to extend it eighty yards farther. A short distance to the (our) right of lead-works they have material on the outside of works apparently intended for abatis. All quiet.

A. K. C[AROTHERS],

Sergeant.

JONES' LANDING, February 18, 1865.

Honorable GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy, Washington:

The Ironsides left for Norfolk early this morning. The rebel flag-of-truce boat William Allison was blown up yesterday off Cox's Ferry by one of their own torpedoes.

WM. RADFORD,

Commodore, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 81.

Washington, February 18, 1865.

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8. Colonel F. D. Sewall, Veteran Reserve Corps, will proceed without unnecessary delay to Annapolis, Md., and relieve Colonel A. R. Root, Ninety-fourth New York Volunteers, of his command at that place. Colonel Root on being relieved will proceed without delay to join his regiment.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

February 18, 1865.

Colonel RUGGLES:

Nothing of importance since last report. One deserter from Pegram's division came in last night.

N. A. MILES,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.