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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 2, 1865.

CORPS COMMANDERS:

National salute has been ordered at noon. It will be fired near these headquarters.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 22, 1865.

CORPS COMMANDERS:

From information received it is believed that an attempt will be made to carry center. To meet such an attack you will be prepared to move upon telegraphic notice with all your command, exclusive of garrison and pickets, toward Fort Howard. Should you find the enemy allowed to come thorough our lines you will understand that this is done with a purpose. Prepare your artillery to move quickly and be ready to distribute what you have not already in your line. The artillery of the Fifth Corps will be held where it is now encamped.

By order of Major-General Parke:

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, February 22, 1865.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, U. S. Volunteers,

Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: Lieutenant-General Grant directs that you return to your command immediately. He remarks that you will have to take the remainder of your leave at another time you can be better spared.

I am, sir, &c.,

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, February 22, 1865-5 p. m.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

Received communication through General Townsend at 4.30 p. m. If I can get a boat of any kind will start at once and not wait for the mail-boat.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 22, 1865-11.30 a. m.

Major-General MILES:

It is removed at these headquarters that your picket-line has been advanced. Please notify the major-general commanding if this is so.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.