out of the ranks, seized the flag from the ground, held it in the front rank to the end of the charge and ever since carried it nobly through all engagements the regiment has been in.
I have the honor to sign myself,
J. G. JOHANNES,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Eighth Maryland Volunteers.
FORT MONROE, December 29, 1864 - 1.30 p. m.
(Received 2.15 p. m.)
G. V. FOX,
Assistant Secretary of the Navy:
I return to City Point immediately, having learned that you have not yet left Washington.
U. S. GRANT,
GENERAL HDQRS. DEFENSES OF BERMUDA HUNDRED, VA., ORDERS,
ARMY OF THE JAMES, Numbers 64.
December 31, 1864.
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3. The following regiments having reported for duty with this command will form a Provisional Division, which will consist of two brigades, as follows: The Forty-first New York, One hundred and third New York, and One hundred and fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers will form the First Brigade; Colonel Heine, One hundred and third New York Volunteers, will take command. The Sixth and Tenth Artillery will form the Second brigade; the senior officer present will take command. They will report as brigades direct to these headquarters. They will organize their staff and forward a roster of the same to these headquarters. All officers acting on the staff of Colonel Heine, commanding the division, are hereby relieved and will report back to their regiments for duty.
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By command of Brevet Major-General Ferrero:
GEO. A. HICKS,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 1.
January 2, 1865.
Bvt. Brigadier General John I. Curtin, U. S. Volunteers, will command the First Division, Ninth Army Corps, during the temporary absence of Bvt. Brigadier General N. B. McLaughlen, U. S. Volunteers.
By command of Bvt. Major General O. B. Willcox:
John C. YOUNGMAN,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA, Numbers 2.
Cumberland, Md., January 3, 1865.
The following designating flags and badges will be used by the department and the different divisions and brigades serving in the