War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0128 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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NEW YORK, April 7, 1865.

(Received 1. 20 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

Thanks to God for the glorious news the wires bring us this a. m. May it be continued until peace blesses our land. The commander, John P. Gillis, who came to my relief, is now at the Philadelphia Navy-Yard. The Gilliss who died is another person.

ROBT. ANDERSON.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, April 7, 1865-7. 45 p. m.

Commander JOHN P. GILLIS,

Philadelphia Navy-Yard:

General Robert Anderson desires you to accompany him to Charleston to raise the flag on Sumter. The Arago will sail with him from New York at 12 noon to-morrow. A boat leaves here at the hour to join the Arage at Old Point. You are respectfully invited to go. I will procure the leave from your Department. You can take either route, by Washington or New York, as you wish. Please let me know by telegraph.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 1865-9 p. m.

(Received 10 p. m.)

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

SIR: Your telegram just received. I regret much that it is too late for me to reach the boat in time to accompany General Anderson to Fort Sumter.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN P. GILLIS.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, April 8, 1865.

Brevet Brigadier-General TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: You will proceed to Fort Monroe in time to meet the Arago, which will sail from New York the 7th instant, and there join the party invited to witness the cremony of raising the flag over Fort Sumter. You are authorized to give, in the name of the Secretary of War, any orders touching the arrangements for the celebration which you may find necessary and proper.

Respectfully,

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., Saturday, April 8, 1865.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

City Point, Va.:

GENERAL: I have just received your letter of the 5th from Wilson's Station, and although I have written you several letters lately, will