ief having declined long since to interfere with General Grant in the form of orders, the quartermaster's department have resorted to the expensive plan of shipping supplies for Banks by way of the seaboard.
Hay, for instance, has been bought for him in Illinois and sent by way of Baltimore to save it from the grip of Hurlbut.
I believe, however, that General Halleck sent an order on the subject to General Sherman last week.
I saw Porter the other day at his office, where he sits with Mr. Lyford on the other side of the same table.
Porter wears a biled shirt with great effect, and otherwise is spruce and handsome.
He was not in uniform, and it seems to be the dodge at the ordnance office to dress en pekin.
About Porter's promotion — I made up my mind that no officer in the ordnance department could be promoted, except in his own branch of the service, as soon as I got here and studied the ground.
They tell me that there are few ordnance officers, that every man of them is k