War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0842 N. AND SE.VA., W.VA.,MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CITY POINT, VA., March 5, 1865-10.30 a.m.

Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

I have not heard whether it was still intended to send an expedition from Washington to break up the Orange and Alexandria road. An expedition over 2,000 strong left here to go up the Rappahannock to break up the trade carried on across the Northern Neck. They will go to Fredericksburg first.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., March 5, 1865-12.50 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT, City Point:

No expedition was sent against the Rapidan railroad bridge. General Sheridan did not ask it, and, moreover, all the troops were required here to preserve order and guard the public stores during the inauguration.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff:

CITY POINT, VA., March 5, 1865-3.30 p.m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

I did not care to have an expedition go out from Washington; simply wanted to know if they went out so that the commander of the one going up the Rappahannock could be informed if it was so.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, D. C., March 5, 1865-12.30 p.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, City Point, Va.:

It was impossible to find any one here yesterday until night. Good guides for Northern Neck leave on to-day's boat to report to Lieutenant-Colonel Conrad, at Fort Monroe, with a letter of explanation.

G. H. SHARPE,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

FORT MONROE, VA., March 5, 1865-10 a.m.

Honorable GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy:

Your telegram was received this morning at fifteen minutes after midnight. Blowing a gale of wind at the time. U. S. steamer Ariel sailed at daylight this morning. The monitors are expected every moment from Cape Fear, and I shall send them up the river immediately.

O. S. GLISSON,

Captain and Senior Officer.

[Copy to Secretary of War.]

FORT MONROE, March 5, 1865-1 p.m.

SECRETARY OF NAVY, Washington:

The monitor Sangamon is now in, and is on her way up James River.

O. S. GLISSON,

Captain, &c.