War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0804 N. AND SE.VA., W.VA.,MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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should be paid for, and would be glad to have authority to do so. Some price be fixed-say, the contract prices of the Ordnance Department for similar arms and equipments. Now that the sources of supply are cut off it is important to get away from the enemy all the arms we can.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, VA., March 3, 1865.

Major-General MEADE:

The Ordnance Department has no funds to pay for arms, but you may order the provost-marshal to pay for them at such rate as you may deem proper.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, March 3, 1865-1.40 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

In addition to the thirty-six deserters reported by Wright as coming in last night, Humphreys reports eighteen, Parke five, and Warren has just reported three, making in all sixty-two. Those reported by Warren have just come in, and they stated to Warren that a brigade had been sent to Weldon about three days ago. I will examine into this, and report on their arrival at these headquarters. I have directed the provost-marshal-general to pay for arms and accouterments at the lowest Government contract prices.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, March 3, 1865. [Received 4.30 p.m.]

Major-General MEADE:

You are authorized to order payment at a fair valuation for arms, accouterments, or any other species of property brought in by the rebel deserters. Circulars to this effect may be distributed if you desire it.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

[Same to Major-General Ord.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, March 3, 1865.

Brigadier-General PATRICK:

When will the Ninety-first New York Volunteers come up? I supposed it was en route yesterday, and sent the written order of assignment to its commanding officer through commanding general Fifth Corps. Cannot transportation be furnished without further orders?

GEO. D. RUGGLES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.