Union correspondence, Etc.

You will place Maj. Gen. C. F. Smith in command of expedition, and remain yourself at Fort Henry. Why do you not obey my orders to report strength and positions of your command.

H. W. Halleck, Major-General.

Special orders, no. 4.

Hdqrs. Department of the Ohio, Nashville, Tenn., March 4, 1862.
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II. The postmasters of the several brigades are hereby detailed for special duty in this city with Col. A. H. Markland, mail agent Post. Office Department, for ten days.1

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By command of General Buell:

James B. Fry, Assistant Adjutant-General, Chief of Staff.


P. O. Dept., appointment Office, Feb. 20, 1862.
A. H. Markland, Esq., Special Agent Post-Office Department, Fort Donelson, near Dover, Tenn.:
Dear sir: Your letter of the 12th instant is received, and your action in the premises approved of by the Department. I take the occasion to express my gratification on your reappointment, and to add my testimony to the efficiency, energy, and zeal manifested in the discharge of the important duties devolved upon you.

In view of the advance of the army into Tennessee it is deemed important that the mail service shall keep pace, to a reasonable extent, with its movements, in order to afford the facilities necessary to its efficiency, as well as to the communications between it and the Head. quarters at Washington and elsewhere. It is desirable, therefore, that the necessary service for the present be re-established on the more important routes; say between the county seats and convenient to the

1 By Special Orders, No. 30, Headquarters District of West Tennessee, March 20 1862, Orlando H. Ross was appointed “special mail agent to take charge of, forward, and receive all mails on the Tennessee River.”

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