FOR MONROE, February 17, 1863.
Commanding at Suffolk:
I learn from a Surry County man, whom I think well informed and perfectly reliable, that Pryor's whole force, including a cavalry regiment at Philadelphia,* Albany,* and vicinity does not exceed 7,000 men. He says there is no force between vicinity of New York* and Georgetown* and only a small force at Black Creek Church.
JOHN A. DIX,
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 18, 1863.
Brigadier General JOSEPH G. TOTTEN,
Chief of Engineers:
GENERAL: In consequence of some changes that have been made it will not be necessary to send the pontoon equipage for which General Foster recently made a requisition. The General-in-Chief therefore requests you to retain it in New York until otherwise called for.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. W. CULLUM,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
FORT MONROE, VA., February 18, 1863.
General JOSEPH G. TOTTEN,
Chief Engineer U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:
Very recent circumstances will prevent my going to the point where I expected to operate. I will therefore withdraw the application for the pontoon bridge to be sent there. I would, however, very much like to have it in North Carolina, it if is not wanted elsewhere.
J. G. FOSTER,
SUFFOLK, February 18, 1863.
Twenty men have deserted Mounted Rifles since payment - many to the enemy.
What had better be done with goods confiscated from ladies?
JOHN J. PECK,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,
Fort Monroe, Va., February 18, 1863.
Actg. Rear-Admiral S. P. LEE,
Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron:
ADMIRAL: The major-general commanding the department directs me to forward to you the inclosed list of vessels in Government employ
* Arbitraries peculiar to cipher used by Dix and Peck. Their names not determined.