Meade, George Gordon (1815-1872) to John Rawlins
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Meade, commanding the Army of the Potomac, writes to General Rawlins. Recently received intelligence from an officer of Confederate Nathaniel Harrison Harris's Brigade, William Mahone's Division. Reports that the officer was in Petersburg the previous day, and heard nothing of a Confederate Brigade being moved, or of troops being detached from Robert E. Lee's army. Relates that this information is supported by others. Mentions a newspaper report regarding William T. Sherman's operations in Georgia (Sherman's March to the Sea commenced mid-November 1864). Written on Headquarters, Army of the Potomac stationery.
1.P.M Novr - 24th 1864
Brg. Genl Rawlings -
I have just examined an intelligent non.com[missione]d. officer from Harris Brigade Mahone's Division, who came into our lines this morning. He says he was in Petersburgh yesterday & in Bushrods Johnstons Division, and that he heard nothing of a brigade having been moved or sent away, and he feels sure no troops have he detached from Lee's army - Other deserters from Johnstons Division, since the one who reported the fact, do not confirm the withdrawal of any brigade or regiments of that division. - The non.com[missione]d. officer says a slip was issued from the Petersburgh paper yesterday announcing the occupation without resistance of Macon by Gen. Sherman. -
Geo. G. Meade
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