War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0776 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA, &c., March 1, 1865.

Colonel Washburn's regiment I consider one of the best I have, if not the best; and as it has been much scattered I am anxious to bring it together for the spring campaign. The return of the four absent companies is very important to this end.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Before Richmond, Va., March 1, 1865.

Colonel E. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the James:

COLONEL: There is a great want in the command of a corps badge. Considering the advantages of such a designation, I think all parties, both of the old Tenth and Eighteenth Corps, would cheerfully acquiesce in the adoption of a new badge. I therefore respectfully request the authority of the major-general commanding to issue an order making the Heart the badge of the Twenty-fourth Corps.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN GIBBON,

Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding Corps.

HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES, Before Richmond, Va., March 1, 1865.

Colonel R. M. WEST,

Commanding First Brigade, Cavalry Division:

COLONEL: The general commanding the division directs that you send out a party to the Charles City road and ascertain if the enemy are making any movement on our front, or if any movement of the enemy's troops has taken place during the night past, and that you report promptly any information you may obtain, and when you return to camp report the result of the reconnaissance. Send out the party immediately.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WHIPPLE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES, Before Richmond, Va., March 1, 1865.

Colonel S. P. SPEAR,

Commanding Second Brigade, Cavalry Division:

COLONEL: The general commanding division directs that you send out a scouting party to Riddell's Shop and ascertain if the enemy are now making, or have during the past night, made any movements on our front. He also directs that you report promptly anything worthy of note that you may discover. Send the party out without delay.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WHIPPLE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.