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ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 13, 1864. The major-general commanding has the satisfaction of communicating to the troops the following extract from a dispatch he has received from the Secretary of War:
Washington City, May 12, 1864. Maj. Gen. GEORGE G. MEADE,
Commanding Army of the Potomac: The Department congratulates you and your heroic army, and returns its cordial thanks for their gallant achievements during the last seven days, and hopes that the valor and skill thus far manifested will be crowned with the fruits of ultimate and decisive victory.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War. By command of Major-General Meade :
S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 13, 1864. SOLDIERS : The moment has arrived when your commanding general feels authorized to address you in terms of congratulation. For eight days and nights, almost without intermission, in rain and sunshine, you have been gallantly fighting a desperate foe, in positions naturally strong and rendered doubly so by intrenchments; you have compelled him to abandon his fortifications on the Rapidan, to retire and attempt to stop your onward progress, and now he has abandoned the last intrenched position, so tenaciously held, suffering in all a loss of 18 guns, 22 colors, and 8,000 prisoners, including 2 general officers. Your heroic deeds and noble endurance of fatigue and privations will ever be memorable. Let us return thanks to God for the mercy thus shown us, and ask earnestly for its continu
Soldiers, your work is not over, the enemy must be pursued, and, if possible, overcome. The courage and fortitude you have displayed renders your commanding general confident your future efforts will result in success. While we mourn the loss of many gallant comrades, let us remember the enemy must have suffered equal, if not greater, losses. We shall soon receive re-enforcements which he cannot expect. Let us determine then to continue vigorously the work so well begun, and, under God's blessing, in a short time the object of our labors will be accomplished.
GEO. G. MEADE, Major-General, Commanding.
Abstract from tri-monthly return of the Army of the Potomac, Maj. Gen. George
G. Meade, U. S. Army, commanding, April 30, 1864.
Organization of the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen.
George G. Meade, May 31, 1864.
Brig. Gen. MARSENA R. PATRICK.
1st Massachusetts Cavalry, Companies C and D, Capt. Charles F. Adams, jr. 80th New York Infantry (20th Militia), Col. Theodore B. Gates. 3d Pennsylvania Cavalry, Lieut. Col. Edward S. Jones. 68th Pennsylvania Infantry, Lieut. Col. Robert E. Winslow. 114th Pennsylvania Infantry, Col. Charles H. T. Collis. * Serviceable horses, 15,036. + The monthly return of the army for April, 1864, reports a grand total of 4,737 officers and 99,048 men “present for duty.' This difference between the two returns is not explainable. There are no tri-monthly returns on file for the month of May. In transmitting the return for June 30, 1864, General Meade says: " The last tri-monthly report previously rendered was for April 30.
In consequence of the movements of the troops between the dates mentioned and the absence of all facilities for the preparation of the stated tri-monthly reports, it was found altogether impracticable to render such reports when due."
Independent Company Oneida (New York), Cavalry, Capt. Daniel P. Mann.
SECOND ARMY CORPS.
Maj. Gen. WINFIELD S. HANCOCK.
1st Vermont Cavalry, Company M, Capt. John H. Hazelton.
* At Fort Monroe, Va. Detachment 7th New York attached. Detached at Port Royal, Va.
Brig. Gen. JOHN GIBBON.
Provost Guard. 2d Company Minnesota Sharpshooters, Capt. Mahlon Black. First Brigade.
Maj. Gen. DAVID B. BIRNEY. First Brigade.
Col. THOMAS W. EGAN.
Col. THOMAS R. TANNATT.
20th Indiana, Col. William C. L. Taylor.
3d Maine, Col. Moses B. Lakeman. 40th New York, Lieut. Col. Augustus J.
Warner. 86th New York, Maj. Michael B. Staf
ford. 124th New York, Capt. Henry S. Murray. 99th Pennsylvania, Maj. John W.
Moore. 110th Pennsylvania, Lieut. Col. Enoch
E. Lewis. 141st Pennsylvania, Col. Henry J.
Madill, 2d U. S. Sharpshooters, Maj. Edward
4th Maine, Capt. Arthur Libby. 17th Maine, Lieut. Col. Charles B. Mer
rill. 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery,
Maj. Nathaniel Shatswell. 3d Michigan, Col. Byron R. Pierce. 5th Michigan, Lieut. Col. Moses B.
Houghton, 93d New York, Lieut. Col. Benjamin
C. Butler. 57th Pennsylvania, Capt. Alanson H.
Nelson. 63d Pennsylvania, Capt. Isaac More
head. 105th Pennsylvania, Maj. Levi B. Duff. 1st U. S. Sharpshooters, Capt. John
Maine Light, 6th Battery (F), Capt. Edwin B. Dow.
FIFTH ARMY CORPS.
Maj. Gen. GOUVERNEUR K. WARREN.
12th New York Battalion, Maj. Henry W. Rider.
Brig. Gen. CHARLES GRIFFIN.
Brig. Gen. ROMEYN B. AYRES.
140th New York, Lieut. Col. Elwell S. Otis. 146th New York, Maj. James Grindlay. 91st Pennsylvania, Maj. John D. Lentz. 155th Pennsylvania, Maj. John Ewing. 2d United States, Companies B, C, F, H, I, and K, Lieut. George H. Mc
Laughlin. 11th United States, Companies B, C, D, E, F, and G, 1st Battalion, Capt.
Francis M. Cooley. 12th United States, Companies A, B, C, D, and G, 1st Battalion, and Compa
nies A, C, D, F, and H, 2d Battalion, Capt. Frederick Winthrop. 14th United States, 1st Battalion, Capt. David B. McKibbin. 17th United States, Companies A, C, D, G, and H, 1st Battalion, and Compa. nies A, B, and C, 2d Battalion, Capt. Walter B. Pease.
*720 New York (three companies) attached.