From the Richmond Whig, 4/20/1865, p. 6, c. 2
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VA.
ARMY OF THE JAMES,
GENERAL ORDERS, No. 42
RICHMOND, Va., April 17, 1865.
Brigadier General Charles Devins [Devens], U. S. Vols., is hereby placed in command of all the U. S. forces in and about Richmond, and will encamp them outside the city, with the exception of the 24th Mass. Vols., which regiment will remain in the city under the immediate orders of Brigadier General M. R. Patrick, Provost Marshal General.
General Devins will make a daily detail from his command of 400 men, 100 to report to each District Provost Marshal – this detail to be increased or diminished as circumstances may require. He will also make such details from the 20th N. Y. Cavalry to report to General Patrick as he may require for patrol duty.
The 24th Mass. Vols. will make all regular returns and reports direct to Brigadier General Devins.
Applications for guards over public property and stores, will be made to the Provost Marshals of the respective Districts, who will be held responsible for te security of public property within their Districts.
By command of Major General Ord:
ED. W. SMITH,
Assistant Adjutant General.
A. R. S. FOOTE,
Assistant Adjutant General