War of the Rebellion: Serial 009 Page 0025 Chapter XIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY POTOMAC,

March 10, 1862-1 a. m.

Captain JOHN. A. DAHLGREN:

You will suspend operations for the present for sinking boats or placing obstructions in the Potomac.

GIDEON WELLES,

NAVY DEPARTMENT, March 10, 1862-10.27 a. m.

Captain G. V. FOX,

Assistant Secretary of Navy, Fort Monroe:

It is directed by the President that the Monitor be not too much exposed, and that in no event shall any attempt be made to proceed with her unattended to Norfolk. If vessels can be procured and loaded with stone and sunk in the channel it is important that it should be done. The San Jacinto and Dacotah have sailed from Boston for Hampton Roads, and the Sabine in tow of Baltic, and a tug from New York Gunboats will be ordered forthwith. Would it not be well to detain the Minnesota until other vessels arrive?

GIDEON WELLES.

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

March 10, 1862-3 p. m.

Captain WILLIAM L. HUDSON,

Commandant Navy Yard, Boston:

Send the Wachusett to Hampton Roads. Have the work on the other gunboats carried on day and night with all the force possible to put on them, and when ready sent them to Hampton Roads.

GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary of the Navy.

QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL' OFFICE,

Washington City, March 10, 1862-3.50 p. m./

Major BELGER, Quartermaster, Baltimore:

Hold the steamer Commodore, which was sent to Baltimore from Annapolis yesterday, ready to carry a messenger with dispatches to General Burnside, who will be found in Pamlico or Albemarle Sound.

The messenger accredited from the Secretary of War or Adjutant-General will leave this place on the 5 o'clock train. Have a carriage and conveyance ready to put him on board the Commodore.

Acknowledge receipt of this and report progress. If the Commodore is unfit for the service, consult, by telegraph, Colonel Ingalls, Annapolis, who report her as swift and drawing only 6 feet of water, as to a vessel for this service.

M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General.

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

March 10, 1862-9.45 p. m.

Captain WILLIAM L. HUDSON,

Commandant Navy Yard, Boston:

If Chocura and Penobscot have not sailed, send them to hampton