War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0685 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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CHARLESTON, W. VA., February 24, 1865.

Lieutenant-Colonel PLATNER,

Commanding Camp Piatt:

Quite a number of rebels are in and around our lines on furlough. Have your officers and men keep a sharp lookout, and picket up all they can. Have all strangers examined.


Colonel, Commanding.

(Copy to Captain Whitley, commanding Loup Creek.)


Washington City, February 24, 1865-2.55 p. m.

Major-General DIX,

New York:

The Secretary of the Treasury has been informed that an attempt will be made to burn the Government cotton on State Island. You will immediately on receipt of this order detail a sufficient military guard for service night and day to protect that property and report your action to this Department. In the absence of Mr. Draper, Mr. L. E. Robinson will be directed by the Treasury Department to confer with you.


Secretary of War.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 25, 1865.

(Sent 11 a. m. 26th.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point, Va.:

General Sheridan's dispatch* to you of to-day, in which he says he "will be off on Monday," and that he" will leave behind about 2,000 men," causes the Secretary of War of War and myself considerable anxiety. Have you well considered whether you do not again leave open the Shenandoah Valley entrance to Maryland and Pennsylvania or at least to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad?



Washington City, February 25, 1865-12.30 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point:

You were right in refusing a pass to the French consul through your lines. In the present condition of things the Department recognizes the right of no one to pass through our lines, unless in the service and by your direction.


Secretary of War.


*See p. 701.