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FORT MONROE, VA., April 11, 1862-5 p.m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have not failed to keep you advised of what is passing in Hampton Roads. Among other conjectures it is thought the Merrimac intends to make her way to Yorktown to relieve the rebels of our gunboats, and to drive us from Ship Point, where he had his depot of supplies. I will keep you advised of all movements, if it is possible. The flag-officer has at last furnished us with a gunboat to keep the enemy's boats from entering Hampton Creek.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, VA., April 11, 1862-5 p.m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Merrimac came down toward the Monitor and Stevens. The latter fired four of five rounds and the Merrimac one round, when she, with her consorts, returned to Craney Island. Thus ends the day. What the night may bring forth I am unable to say.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS CASEY'S DIVISION,

Near Newport News, Va., April 11, 1862.

Major General JOHN E. WOOL:

GENERAL: I have just been shown a telegram which you sent to General Mansfield to-day with regard to the taking of some transports by the Jamestown. In it you have cast a reflection on me by saying the troops of General Casey were near the many of them on the beach opposite at the time they were captured.

From the statement of [an] eye witness of the capture I learn that the vessels captured were at least from 5 to 6 miles from my encampment. It is to be regretted that you had not informed yourself of the true position of my troops before making any statement about them. The false idea which your telegram conveys I trust you will correct at once. The first intimation of the appearance of the Merrimac I received from yourself.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SILAS CASEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA,

Fort Monroe, Va., April 11, 1862.

Brigadier General SILAS CASEY:

GENERAL: I am very happy to be set right in relation to your command. I presume the troops said to be on the beach at the time the