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Appearance of early attack on New Madrid in force. Position of absolute necessity to us. Cannot you send a brigade at once by rail to assist in defence?


Did War Department sanction or disapprove call for sixty days volunteers?


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The government neither sanctioned nor disapproved.


New Orleans, March 8th, 1862.
Dear General,—Your letter by Dr. Choppin came duly to hand, and I have spared no efforts to carry out your wishes. The doctor can explain to you everything that has transpired. Besides the regiments sent forward by General Lovell, you will get two or three thousand men from me, with two batteries of artillery. But for the lack of arms I could furnish a large force to you. The war spirit is very active all over the State, having extended to the lower parishes, where, until very recently, it was quite quiescent. Your name, and wellearned reputation, I have no doubt, has materially contributed to rouse the enthusiasm of our people. We place great confidence in you, and, when assured of your having the reinforcement asked for, feel convinced that the alarm which has prevailed here since the capitulation of our forces at Donelson will be greatly abated.

I enter into no particulars about our affairs here, not only because Dr. Chopping will be able to tell you all you may desire to know, but because I am sure you have enough to occupy your attention, without troubling you about home matters.

With the sincere hope and confident expectation that you will win additional honors in your new field of exertion.

I remain, yours very truly,


Langley, Fairfax County, Va., Sept. 25th, 1878.
My dear General,—Your two letters of the 20th and 22d ultimo have reached me. Business and indisposition prevented an earlier reply.

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I cannot recall the various visits of your aids to General J. en route. I do remember that a telegram was received from you, urging a speedy junction.


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