HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,
March 27, 1865.
Rear- Admiral DAHLGREN,
Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron:
ADMIRAL: I have to inform you that on or abut the 8th of next month I expect to receive over 5,000 prisoners at Darien, Ga., and if not incompatible with the interests of the naval service on tis coast I would like to have a couple of gun- boats in the Altamaha River near Darien at that time.
I am, sir, resepctfully, your obedient servant,
Q. A. GILLMORE,
Major- General of Volunteers.
CITY POINT, VA., March 28, 1865.
(Received 2. 20 p. m.)
Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:
After your explantion I think it is little or no difference whether the Fort Sumter ceremony takes place on the 13th or 14th. General Sherman tells me he is well acquainted with james Yeatman, and that he thinks him almost the best man in the country for anything he will undertake.
Washington City, March 28, 1865.
Honorable GIDEON WELLES,
Navy Deaprtmetn, Secretary, &c.:
SIR: I have the honor to trasmit to you a copy of the President's order* in relation to raising the flag of the united States upon the ruins of Fort Sumter by Major- General Anderson on the 14th day of April next. You will observe that the President directs that the naval forces at Charleston, and their commander ont hat station, be invited to participate inthe ceremonies of the occasion. It gives me pleasure thrugh you to communicate that invitation, and I shall be happy to confer with you in regard to the ceremonies befitting thatoccasion, and to have your aid in directing the resepctive parts which shall be taken by the naval and military forces. For that purpose I will have the honor of calling uponyou in half an hur from tils time.
Your ovbedient servant,
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secetary of War.
FORT MONROE, VA., March 28, 1865- 4 p. m.
Honorable EDWIN M . STANTON,
Secretary of War, Wahington, D. C.:
Just arrived. Wait to meet Geenral Sheman, who will be here at 8 o'clock.
EDWIN L. STANTON.
*See p. 34.