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WASHINGTON, D. C., March 13, 1865.

Major-General MEADE:

The Secretary of War directs that Bvt. Brigadier General Ed. Schriver, inspector-general, report in person at this officer without delay. It is understood you can spare General Schriver for about a month. Acknowledge receipt.

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 13, 1865.

Brigadier General E. D. TOWNSEND,

War Department, Washington:

Dispatch as to General Schriver received.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 13, 1865-4.45 p.m.

Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,

Washington:

Brevet Brigadier-General Schriver has been ordered to report to you without delay.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

March 13, 1865-9.50 a.m.

Major-General WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

An order some two or three weeks old directs that, in addition to the pickets and camp guards, one-tenth of the command should be under arms during the night. The picket is a very strong one, and could maintain itself against a line of battle for some time. There are, besides nearly 200 sentinels on the line of breast-works. May not the one-tenth be dispensed with?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 13, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER SECOND CORPS:

The major-general commanding does not deem it advisable to change the orders in regard to guards of the trenches at present. When the change is ordered it will be ordered for the whole line.

A. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.