War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0719 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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CITY POINT, February 27, 1865-11.20 p.m.

Major General J. G. PARKE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

The following dispatch furnished for your information and guidance:

WASHINGTON, February 27, 1865.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Referring to your letter of the 23rd instant, relative to the remuster and retention of colonels of regiments under certain circumstances, the Secretary of War hereby grants authority to remuster, under their existing commissions for the unexpired terms of their regiments, all colonels willing to remain, and whose retention in service may be approved by you. This authority may be exercised even id regiments are below the minimum, provided they have not lost, or will not lose, their regimental organizations by companies thereof being mustered out. The remusters will be made on expiration of existing terms of service by the proper commissaries of musters, each case first receiving approval from your headquarters, the same to be filed with the remuster-in rolls and to refer to this authority. The authority herein contained will cease after the coming spring campaign unless renewed by the Secretary of War.

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

T. S. BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

February 27, 1865.

Colonel RUGGLES:

Morning report. No changes. Three deserters from Cooke's brigade, Heth's division, last night.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. SECOND DIV., 2nd ARMY CORPS, No. 13.

February 27, 1865.

In compliance with General Orders, No. 8, headquarters Second Army Corps, dated February 25, 1865, I have assumed command of this division.

WM. HAYS,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

February 27, 1865.

Colonel GEORGE D. RUGGLES,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I respectfully report all quiet on our front during the past twenty-four hours. One deserter came in. He reported nothing of importance.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.