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Page 9 Chapter XXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

General Mansfield can take temporary charge of Fort Monroe and its dependencies until the army arrives there.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

March 17, 1862-12.35 p. m.

Commodore HIRAM PAULDING,

Commandant Navy-Yard, New York:

Send what gunboats you have at the yard to Hampton Roads at once.

answer by telegraph which they are and when they can sail.

GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy.

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

March 17, 1862-2,45 p. m.

Captain WILLIAM L. HUDSON,

Commandant Navy-Yard, Boston:

Send any gunboats you have at the yard to Hampton roads at once.

Answer by telegraph which they are and when they will sail.

GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
Washington, D. C., March 17, 1862. (Sent 2,45 p. m.)

Major-General McCLELLAN,

Commanding army of Potomac, Alexandria Seminary:

In connection with General Barnard I have had a long conference with the Assistant Secretary, Fox, as to naval co-operation. He promises all the power of the Department shall be at our disposal. At my suggestion he has told Commodore Goldsborough to confer with Colonel Woodbury concerning the plans now in view.

I have also asked Mr. Fox to detail an officer to have charge of our transports, so that the landing may be effected with as little confusion as possible.

A person just from Hampton Roads reports nothing new. The Merrimac expected out, and waited for with a confident feeling of ability to suppress her. Mr. Fox agrees with me that [it] is most probable she will make her next sortie in all of this week and will be neutralized.

Will Heintzelman's advance division get off this afternoon?

IRVIN MCDOWELL,

Major-General, Commanding First Corps.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Washington, D. C., March 17, 1862-3 p. m. (Sent 3.15 p. m.)

Major General GEORGE B. McCLELLAN,

Commanding Army of Potomac, Seminary:

In view of all the First Corps going together toward the last of the week and of its requiring all the means of water transport that will


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