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glory; but I shall do my duty as I understand it, without "partiality, favor, or affection."

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

M. LOVELL,

Major-General, Commanding.

RICHMOND, VA., March 23, 1862.

Major General LOVELL,

New Orleans, La.:

I have ordered 44,000 pounds of cannon powder sent to you from Columbus, to enable you to supply gunboats. Have also sent orders for heavy guns, as requested in your dispatch of yesterday.

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

RICHMOND, VA., March 23, 1862.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Mobile:

Send to General Lovell as promptly as possible some 10-inch columbiads and sea-coats mortars.

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

RICHMOND, VA., March 23, 1862.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Mobile:

The President desires that you proclaim martial law in his name over Mobile and the surrounding country.

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

RICHMOND, March 23, 1862.

Major General JONES:

Your dispatch of yesterday received. Reserve the guns, forces, and ammunition necessary, as suggested by you, to hold the place against the small force you believe the enemy to have. Communicate further if necessary. You will be further advised.

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

RICHMOND, VA., March 27, 1862.

C. J. McRAE,

Mobile, Ala.:

I understood the purpose of the governor. General Jones was in tended to remain in command, and orders have been given accordingly.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

HDQRS. SECOND GRAND DIVISION, ARMY OF THE MISS.,

Corinth, Miss., March 28, 1862.

Major General SAMUEL JONES,

Commanding Department Alabama and West Florida:

GENERAL: Your dispatch of 19th instant, from Mobile,* reached the major-general commanding after some delay, owing to his change of

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*Not found, but see that of March 21,p.862.

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