APRIL 21, 1864.
General Butler directs that you have one of your best regiments (preferably the Twenty-fifth Massachusetts) at Fort Ringgold wharf to-morrow morning at daylight to embark for North Carolina, with five days' rations. Go through canal. Captain Shaffer, aide-de-camp, or General Graham will meet the regiment with orders at Croatan Light, where they will remain until they receive orders. Embark them with all possible dispatch. Acknowledge receipt.
J. W. SHAFFER,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 155.
Washington, April 22, 1864.
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13. The telegraphic order of April 20, 1864, from Headquarters of the Army, directing Brigadier General T. Seymour, U. S. Volunteers, to report to Major-General Dix, U. S. Volunteers, commanding Department of the East, for temporary duty, in inspecting and forwarding troops to the field, is hereby confirmed.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS,
April 22, 1864.
Commanding Fourth Division:
GENERAL: Major-General Parke being unable form sickness to command the column in the morning, it will be directed by Brigadier-General Willcox, to whom the commanding general desires you to report at his quarters in Annapolis at 7 a. m.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,
April 23, 1864.
Colonel J. IRVIN GREGG,
Commanding Second Brigade, Second Division:
COLONEL: Information has just been sent me that the whole of Stuart's cavalry is concentrated on the railroad near Fredericksburg. A deserter of the Thirteenth Virginia Cavalry, caught at Grove Church and sent to headquarters Cavalry Corps, confirms the report and says it is contemplated to surprise and capture the forces at Grove Gurch and Morrisville. you will send particular instructions to the commanding officer of the force at Morrisville to keep scouts well out, particularly toward Tackett's Mill.
D. McM. GREGG,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Vols., Commanding Second Division.