S.O. #2 - HDQRS. TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS
HDQRS. TWENTY-FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
ARMY OF THE JAMES,
In the Field, Va., March 27, 1865.
SPECIAL ORDERS, No. 85 (a)
8. After dark to-night the One hundred and fifteenth U.S. Colored Troops will be temporarily attached to the Second Brigade of the First Division. The Twenty-eighth and Tenth U.S. Colored Troops, will constitute a brigade under Bvt. Brig. Gen. C.S. Russell, colonel Twenty-eighth U.S. Colored Troops, to be called the Attached Brigade of the First Division, and will report to the commanding officer of the First Division. The Third Brigade of the First Division will move at once to the camp formerly occupied by Brevet Brigadier-General Henry's troops, near the headquarters of the Third Division of the Twenty-fourth Corps, and will obey any orders regarding movements,&c., from General Charles Devens, but report, as far as papers, drill, and instruction is concerned, to the commanding officer of the First Division, Twenty-fifth Corps. General Russell's brigade will move at daylight to-morrow morning to the deserted camps of General Thomas' brogade, near First Division headquarters.
General Draper's brigade will be responsible for the whole line from Fort Burnham (exclusive) to Fort Brady (inclusive). The commanding officer of the First Division will see that camp-fires are kept burning as usual in all the camps, that as little change as possible cover the line of vacant tents nearest to the enemy with shelter-tents, and preferably occupy the two lines of tents near the line, instead of encamping in column. Until further orders the drum corps of each regiment will beat tatto and reveille twice, and at different points. Reveille will, until further orders, be beaten at daybreak. Parades and drills in view of the enemy will be continued as usual. The whole command will be stripped for a movement and a fight; everything surplus sent across the James River.
By command of Major-General Weitzel:
W. L. GOODRICH,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 46. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
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