War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0596 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

February 19, 1865.

Major-General CROOK,

Commanding Department of West Virginia, Cumberland, Md.:

A lieutenant has just come in; he deserted from McNeill's company; he says that he is just from Moorefield, and that McNeill's company, about seventy-five men, are in the vicinity of Moorefield, and that Imboden's command is in Highland County. General Sheridan is now at Stephenson's Depot, on his way back from Baltimore.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff.

CITY POINT, VA., February 20, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Desertions from the enemy are on the increase. Number arrived within our lines the last twenty-four hours is ninety-one. Their testimony is that many more go to their own homes than come within our lines.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., February 20, 1865-12.30 p. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

The following dispatch just received:

The Richmond Examiner of to-day, just received, says Charleston was evacuated on Tuesday last.

G. WEITZEL,

Major-General.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., February 20, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Since so many brevet commissions have been given, I would respectfully recommend the following staff officer serving with me, who have at last fully performed their respective duties in the campaign of 1864, and so far in 1865, to wit: Brigadier General J. A. Rawlins, to be major-general by brevet; Lieutenant Colonel Horace Porter, Lieutenant Colonel F. T. Dent, and Lieutenant Colonel O. E. Babcock, aides-de-camp, Lieutenant Colonel T. S. Bowers, assistant adjutant-general, Lieutenant Colonel E. S. Parker and Lieutenant Colonel Adam Badeau, military secretaries, to be colonels by brevet; and Captain P. T. Hudson, aide-de-camp, to be major by brevet.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 20, 1865-10.20 a. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have nothing of particular importance to report, everything being quiet along my lines. Within the last two days three flags of truce