War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0903 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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CITY POINT, VA., March 9, 1865-10.30 a.m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Washington:

Persons friendly to the Union living in Richmond have sent out word that the rebel navy, liberated from duty in Charleston Harbor by the evacuation of Charleston, has been sent West for the purpose of depredating upon our river transportation. It is expected that they will operate most on the Ohio River, but it will be well for us to guard particularly against their operations on both the Ohio and Mississippi. Will you please put all commanders on the Ohio and the Mississippi on their guard against these men?

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., March 9, 1865.

Commodore RADFORD,

Jones' Landing:

Please direct the naval vessels that accompanied the recent expedition up the Rappahannock to again return up that river and co-operate with the forces under Colonel Roberts which returns for further operations.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

JONES' LANDING, March 9, 1865-11.50 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Telegram received. The vessels will be sent. I have not heard of their return.

W. RADFORD.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 9, 1865-11.40 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Fifty-four deserters received up to midnight by provost-marshal-general. Only a few are reported this morning, and no information of importance learned from them.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 9, 1865-11.45 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Twenty-five deserters also reported yesterday by provost-marshal-general. A few reported this morning by corps commanders. No news except a camp rumor that Lynchburg had fallen.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.