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marine tows, and is going at the rate of 4 miles an hour. Will you please advise Secretary of the Navy? Wind west; weather beautiful.

SUFFOLK, VA., February 10, 1863.

Major-General DIX:

A contraband from Weldon says very strong and extensive earthworks are constructed on the approaches. He heard that Pettigrew contemplated a raid across the river, while Pryor would occupy us with his command. A Massachusetts lady came from Weldon yesterday on her was North. She said that the enemy had 50,000 men near the railroad that could be concentrated at Wilmington, Goldsborough, or Weldon in a few hours. I give these items as in connection with others that you may have, that their proper value may be arrived at.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

NEW YORK, February 10, 1863.

Major-General HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

I telegraphed to General Meigs yesterday in regard to obtaining vessels in New York, and can give you details in cipher if you wish it.*

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, February 11, 1863.

Major General AMBROSE E. BURNSIDE, New York:

Expedition postponed for the present.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

SUFFOLK, February 11, 1863.

Major-General DIX:

Pryor has been re-enforced somewhat. I cannot learn of any heavy force at Zuni. As the Ninth Corps is for some ulterior end I fear promised forces will not be sent at this time.

JOHN J. PECK,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, February 11, 1863.

Major-General PECK:

Ninth Corps will remain except, it may be, apart. Can we do anything on the New London [Blackwater] by sending it to you, or would it pay to drive Pryor off? We must economize in forces for great results hereafter.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

SUFFOLK, February 12, 1863.

Major-General DIX:

Your claim for the Ninth Corps is strong, and I hope it will remain, If I had pontoons I would clear out Washington+ and New London [Blackwater] Bridge. In that event the presence of some old troops

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* Some personal matter omitted.

+ Franklin, Va.

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