’ had arrived in Washington
, with troops and military stores.
was in the city.
There appears to have been no one to act for the Government
to take charge of the stores, or to superintend their distribution.
The following letter from E. Rockwood Hoar
, one of the justices of the Supreme Court, to the Governor
, relates to this matter, and to the hardships borne by the Fifth Regiment, from the time it left Boston
until it arrived in Washington
, which, in part, were occasioned by haste and bad management in loading the transports at New York, by which the rations and the bales of blankets, which were to have been distributed to the men, were covered with other merchandise, and could not be got at, so that the men suffered for want of food and blankets:—