Colonel Harrison Ritchie, in concert with Major Stephen Cabot, who is the commanding officer at Fort Warren, to consult with Admiral Stringham, commanding at the Navy Yard at Charlestown, and co-operate with him in any measures he may deem expedient in this connection; at the same time warning all the officers commanding the forts on the Massachusetts coast.
The expectation of an attack upon the coast of Maine was based upon information contained in a letter to President Lincoln, dated Montreal, July 15, 1864, the writer of which was a confidential agent of the Government.
It was referred by the President to Major-General Peck, and was in these words:—
Eighteen or twenty rebel officers are to leave to-night for New Brunswick, via Quebec.
I have learned, from a most reliable source, that a concentration of rebels and their sympathizers is to take place at St. Andrews and Grand Menan Island, N. B., preparatory to an attack upon Belfast or Eastport or Calais, as the prospect