War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0727 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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to send one company of infantry to the Eastern Shore last night, in view of affairs there, which still further reduces the command. The commanding officer at Annapolis calls for 500 men, as he is instructed to prepare for 15,000 paroled prisoners.

W. W. MORRIS,

Brevet Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, Commanding Department.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 27, 1865-2.30 p.m.

Brevet Major-General MORRIS,

Baltimore:

A regiment of artillery was ordered from Army of the Potomac some days ago to replace the Ninety-first New York. It should now be on the way. All available troops here have been sent to General Grant.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

February 27, 1865.

General W. W. MORRIS,

Baltimore:

Your dispatch of the 25th is not in the office. How much infantry do you want? Have you no disposable men for the purpose indicated in your brigade?

W. S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

BALTIMORE, February 27, 1865-10 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Winchester:

If you can let me have a regiment, or, say, 500 men, I can manage to get on. The demand for details to guard recruits, prisoners, stragglers, etc., is very great, and there is not a man to spare in any district or brigade in the department. Camp Parole has a guard of only two companies, and 15,000 men are expected there this week. A regiment leaves here to-morrow for City Point by order of General Grant. The regiment sent to relieve it is less than half the strength of the other. The difference is more than the number I ask for.

W. W. MORRIS,

Brevet Brigadier-General, Commanding.

ANNAPOLIS, February 27, 1865-10.50 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel S. B. LAWRENCE,

Baltimore:

COLONEL: The companies of the Ninety-first New York Volunteers are ready to embark when the transport arrives. The detachment sent to relieve them is entirely inadequate for the duty required. I am