HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA, ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, February 24, 1865-1.30 p. m.
Brevet Brigadier-General SHARPE,
The force at Mechanicsville, I think, is comprised of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Virginia Cavalry, Wixkham's brigade, two regiments of which arrived there February 11 from Gordonsville, the other two following in a day or so. Deserters report that Payne's brigade was to follow.
FRED. L. MANNING,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Provost-Marshal-General.
FEBRUARY 24, 1865-10.55 a. m.
Announce to your command the capture of Wilmington by the forces under Schofield and Terry. Fire a shotted salute in honor of the event at 4 this p. m.
By order Major-General Ord:
JNO. W. TURNER,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
(Same to Generals Devens, Graham, and Kautz.)
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
February 24, 1865.
The following is detail of troops of proposed independent division: General Harris, 3,376; Third Brigade, First Division, 2,133; Third Brigade, Third Division, 1,608. This will make a little over 7,000. If you would prefer under, rather than over, can so arrange easily.
Brigadier-General, Commanding Twenty-fourth Army Corps.
ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., February 24, 1865.
The brigadier-general commanding has great pleasure in announcing to the corps the capture of Wilmington by the forces under Major-Generals Schofield and Terry. Major Abell, chief of Artillery, will fire a national salute with blank cartridge from the battery on Signal Hill.
By command of Brigadier General Charles Devens:
WM. H. MALE,
Captain 139th New York Vols., Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.