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117.] CINCINNATI, January 21, 1865.

W. PRESCOTT SMITH,

Master Transpt., Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Baltimore, Md.:

The weather is changing rapidly; rain is commencing. It may be safe in the morning to start boats for Parkersburg. If so, I shall send more than one-half that way. Will keep you advised. Has there been any arrangement for coffee on your road?

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

(See answer, 144.)

118.] CINCINNATI, January 21, 1865.

Honorable C. A. DANA,

Assistant Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:

The weather is becoming much warmer; rain commencing. if it is deemed safe in the morning I shall start more than one-half for Parkersburg.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

119.] WASHINGTON, January 21, 1865.

Colonel L. B. PARSONS,

Cincinnati, Ohio:

Cannot you use the Marietta road? A great deal of transportation was accumulated for you at Parkersburg.

C. A. DANA,

Assistant Secretary of War.

120.] CINCINNATI, January 21, 1865.

Honorable C. A. DANA,

Assistant Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:

Your dispatch of this day just received. I can send 2,000 or 3,000 to-morrow over the Marietta road; but yesterday it was reported that even a ferry-boat could not cross there. I have also just received dispatch from the agent of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Parkersburg as follows: "Navigation suspended at this point. Prospects are that it will continue for three or four days. " I think the safest way is to send 5,000 or 6,000 to-day and to-morrow to Wheeling and the balance up the river, if to-morrow it appears safe to do so.

LEWIS B. PARSONS,

Colonel and Chief of Rail and River Transportation.

121.] CINCINNATI, OHIO, January 20, 1865-5. 15 p.m.

W. P. SMITH,

Master of Transpt., Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Baltimore, Md.:

Your message to Colonel Parsons received. Troops will go from here by rail; except to start first train of about 4,000 to Bellaire to-morrow morning.

W. W. MCKIM,

Colonel and Chief Quartermaster.