sustain forces and guns. The brigades are progressing rapidly, and we shall very soon be ready to strike the final blow.
Colonel Key has had an interesting interview with Howell Cobb to-day, the particulars of which I will explain to you by letter.* It proves among other things most conclusively that they will defend Richmond to the last extremity. The interview was arranged for the purpose of bringing about an exchange of prisoners, but in the course of the conversation other matters were introduced and discussed. Six prisoners just captured from the First North Carolina State troops say their regiment arrived in Richmond a few days ago from Goldsborough with the Third North Carolina, Thirtieth Virginia, Forty-fourth and Forty-ninth Georgia troops. I think it important in view of this to hurry on transportation to Burnside.
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
Statement of the re-enforcements sent to General McClellan after his disembarkation upon the Peninsula, prior to the 15th day of June, 1862.
Aggrega Aggreg Aggreg Total
te ate ate aggrega
present specia absent te
for l . present
duty. duty, and
General Franklin's division 11,332 270 846 12,448
Troops sent by General Dix (*) (*) (*) + 723
Troops in the Department of 11,514 1,483 1,010 14,007
Virginia, the headquarters
of which were at Fort
Monroe, taken from the
report of General Wool, for
May 31, 1862.
General McCall's division 9,514 262 2,487 12,263
32,360 2,015 4,343 39,441
+Taken from the last return, before the 31st of May, 1862.
Washington, D. C., December 31, 1862.
It is hereby certified that the preceding statement is accurately compiled from the reports of Major-General McClellan, General Wool, and General Dix, which are now on file in this office.
E. D. TOWNSEND,
McCLELLAN'S, June 16, 1862.
I need imperatively the following new troops, and I beg that they be sent without delay: Two regiments more are required for General Dix; one regiment is required for Yorktown; from two to four are required for Williamsburg, the White House, and railroad guards. Events are
*See Part I, p.1052.