in regard to the arming of the negroes, and state that the white men will not fight if they brought into the line with them; that secret meetings have been held with regard to this. Men of Ransom's and Gracie's brigades have attacked the commissary store-house in Petersburg. Strong guards have been stationed to prevent the recurrence. There is a report that part of Hood's army is on the way toward Columbia, S, C., but I can find no foundation for it other than a rumor coming toward Petersburg.
Captain, Fourteenth Infantry, In Charge of Office.
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 83 Washington, February 20, 1865.
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19. Captain Robert T. Lincoln, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, will report in person without delay to Lieutenant-General Grant, U. S. Army, for assignment to duty.
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By ordered of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Numbers 8. February 20, 1865.
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II. Bvt. Major W. W. Sanders, captain, Sixth U. S. Infantry, having been assigned by the War Department as chief commissary of musters for this army, to date from February 17, 1865, is announced as such. All reports and applications to the Adjutant-General relative to musters will he forwarded thought his office. Muster-in and out rolls will be forwarded direct, as heretofore, to the Adjutant-General and Paymaster-General U. S. Army.
III. Bvt. Colonel E. L. Campbell, U. S. Volunteers, lieutenant-colonel Fifteenth New Jarsey Volunteers, is assigned two duty at these headquarters and announced as acting judge-advocate of the army, vice Bvt. Colonel J. P. Brinton, U. S. Volunteers, lieutenant-colonel Second Pennsylvania Cavalry, relieved by reason of expiration of service.
By command of Major-General Meade:
GEO. D. RUGGLES,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,
February 20, 1865. (Received 10.40 a. m.)
Colonel G. D. RUGGLES,
Nothing to report. One deserter.
N. A. MILES,
Brevet Major-General, Commanding.