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HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, February 8, 1862.

SIR: This will be handed to you by the officer sent in charge of Brigadier General Charles P. Stone, who is under close arrest.

You will please confine General Stone in Fort Lafayette, allowing him the imports due his rank, and allowing him no communication with any one by letter or otherwise, except under the usual supervision.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

COMMANDING OFFICER FORT LAFAYETTE.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 9, 1862.

GENERAL: This morning about 1 o'clock I was arrested by Brigadier-General Sykes, commanding city guard, and made a close prisoner by order, as I was informed, of the Major-General Commanding-in-Chief. Conscious of being and having been at all times a faithful soldier of the United States, I most respectfully request that I may be furnished, at as early a moment as practicable, with a copy of whatever charges may have been preferred against me and the opportunity of promptly meeting them.

Very respectfully, I am, general, your most obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Hdqrs. Army of the Potomac.

FORT HAMILTON, BAY OF NEW YORK,

April 5, 1862.

COLONEL: I respectfully request of you a copy of the order by authority of which, on the 10th of February last, I was confined in Fort Lafayette.

Very respectfully, I am, colonel, your most obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant Colonel MARTIN BURKE, Fort Hamilton.

P. S. - I would also request copies of any letters which have passe between any authority in Washington and ourself relating to the n

nature and place of my confinement since that date.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 7, 1862.

SIR: I have been applied to by General Stone for permission to serve with the Army during the impending movements, even if only as a spectator.

I have no doubt as to the loyalty and devotion of General Stone, but am unwilling to use his services unless I know that it meets the approval of Government.

I not only have no objection to his employment in this army, but more than that, would be gad to avail myself of his services as soon as circumstances permit.

Very truly, yours,

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War.