PART III.-VOL. XLVI.
CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN AND SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, AND PENNSYLVANIA, FROM MARCH 16, 1865, TO JUNE 30, 1865.*
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
CITY POINT, VA., March 16, 1865.
(Received 8.40 p. m.)
Honorable C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War:
Daily Dispatch is the only paper issued to-day in Richmond. It says:
The Dispatch is published this morning on half a sheet only, because of the fact that all of our employes, printers, reporters, and clerks are members of military organizations and were called out yesterday morning by the governor to perform special service for a short time. But for the kindness of a few friends who are exempt from service, and who volunteered their aid, the half loaf presented would of necessity been withheld. In a few days at harshest our forces will return to their posts, when we hope to resume and continue uninterruptedly our full-sized sheet.
No other news.
U. S. GRANT.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
March 16, 1865-10 a. m.
Nothing new this morning. No further or very precise information obtained of the change of position in enemy's troops in my front. I think it likely some troops have been sent to hold the northern defenses of Richmond against anticipated attacks from Sheridan.
Prior to moving this army I desire to make certain changes in the troops at and around City Point. I should like to have the Eleventh U. S. Infantry at these headquarters, where I propose to collect the regular regiments as they return, and keep them for provost duty and as a reserve. There are several fragments of regiments-viz, three companies from Deleware, a battalion from Maine, and one from New Hampshire-that have been all winter at City Point and with General Benham. As these organizations are not filed or likely to be I propose to attach them to organizations from the same States. Of course any troops removed from City Point would first be relieved by others. I propose to make that portion of the garrison of City Point belonging to this army a detachment under command of Brevet Brigadier General Collis; hitherto they have formed part of the provost guard of this
* For Correspondence, etc., from January 1, 1865, to March 15, see Part II.