War of the Rebellion: Serial 106 Page 0522 OPERATIONS ON THE PACIFIC COAST. Chapter LXII.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 13, 1863

Brigadier General G. WRIGHT,

Commanding Department of the Pacific, San Francisco, Cal.:

SIR: In reply to your communication of the 16th of June, 1863, I have the honor to inform you that the assignment of Captain Purdy, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, for temporary duty at your headquarters is approved, and that the Department has not intention to relieve Lieutenant-Colonel Drum from duty in the Department of the Pacific at present.

I am, sir, &c.

E. D. TOWNSEND.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., July 13, 1863-9. 15 p. m.

F. BILLINGS.

San Francisco;

The order for a military occupation of New Almaden was surreptitiously obtained. The Secretary of War has directed General Wright to suspend operations, to restore everything as he found it, and to obey no order which do not come through the proper channels.

H. W. HALLECK.

General-in-Chief.

GENERAL ORDERS.

HDQRS. HUMBOLDT MILITARY DISTRICT No. 4

Fort Humboldt, Cal., July 13, 1863.

I. In obedience to instruction from department headquarters the colonel commanding the Military District of Humboldt hereby turns over the command of the district of Lieutenant Colonel S. G. Whipple, First Battalion of Mountaineers, California Volunteers.

By order of Colonel Lippitt:

CHAS. H. BARTH.

First Lieutenant, and Adjt. Second Infantry California Volunteers,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. HUMBOLDT MILITARY DISTRICT, No. 5.

Fort Humboldt, July 13, 1863

I. By direction of the general commanding the Department of the Pacific the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Humboldt Military District.

II. First Lieutenant Aquila W. Hanna, adjutant First Battalion Mountaineers, California Volunteers is hereby appointed acting assistant adjutant-general, to whom all official communications to the headquarters of this district will be addressed.

S. G. WHIPPLE.

Lieutenant Colonel First Battalion Mountaineers, California Volunteers.