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d powder, all that the army had; and the rest was made up by purchasing blasting powder. I immediately left Washington, having nothing further to do with this matter, the navy undertaking to see that the powder was properly placed and exploded, and went to my headquarters at the front. Decorative Motif. Upon my return General Grant left the command to go to Burlington, N. J., to visit his family, leaving me as senior officer in command of both armies until he returned on the 24th of November. I fix the date of his return by the following telegram to the Secretary of War, which was the last telegram I sent while in command of both armies:-- headquarters Army of the James, Nov. 24, 1864, 11.30 P. M. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War: In the absence of Lieutenant-General Grant, I have to report to you that the battery and cavalry horses are suffering for hay, and the government is losing large sums in the depreciation of these horses from this cause. For this ther