under command of Colonel Wright, has just arrived. Another party of the same arrived last week from the North. These last were 350. The former command came from General Sherman's army.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
I. N. PALMER,
ANNAPOLIS, February 7, 1865.
(Received 12. 35 p.m.)
I arrived here an hour after Brigadier-General Meagher sailed with his troops. I was under orders to report to him. Shall I wait for the arrival of rest of the Provisional Division, or go to some other point for transportation?
S. P. CARTER,
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 7, 1865--3. 40 p.m.
Brigadier General S. P. CARTER,
The chief of staff directs that you remain at Annapolis in charge of troops of the Provisional Division which may arrive there, seeing them properly provided for until transportation is furnished, and will then report to General Meagher, at New Berne, via Beaufort.
J. C. KELTON,
Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, February 8, 1865.
Major General J. WHEELER,
Commanding Cavalry Corps, Confederate Army:
GENERAL: Yours addressed to General Howard is received by me. * I hope you will burn all cotton and save us the trouble. We don't want it, and it has proven a curse to our country. All you don't burn I will. As to private houses occupied by peaceful families, my orders are not to molest or disturb them, and I think my orders are obeyed. Vacant hoses being of no use to anybody, I care little about, as the ownes have thought them of no use to themselves. I don't want them destroyed, but do not take much care to preserve them.
I am, with respect, yours, truly,
W. T. SHERMAN,
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 18.
Washington, February 8, 1865.
Hospital transports and hospital boats, after being properly assigned as such, will be exclusively under the control of the Medical Department,
*See Wheeler to Howard, February 7, p. 330.