The department further informs me that -
The reel leader, Jeff. Davis, with his cabinet, passed into South Carolina, with the intention no doubt of getting out of the country, either via Cuba or across the Mississippi. All the vigilance and available means at your command should be brought to bear to prevent the escape of those leaders of the rebellion.
The commanders of vessels stationed along the coast will use every measn in their power to communicate to the iron-clads at Port Royal and Charleston the earliest intelligence of any vessel approaching the coast resembling the Stonewall, and to prevent the escape of the rebel leader and his accomplices. It is difficult to fix upon any precise point where this vessel might be expected; but once seen every effort should be made to spread the information among the squadron, and to bring the monitors within range of her, particularly to keep sight of her, so as to retain a knowledge of hear locality. The Canonicus and Nantucket are at Port Royal, the Passaic and Catskill at Charleston.
JOHN A. DAHLGREN,
Rear-Admiral, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
HDQRS. NORTHERN DISTRICT,
DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH, No. 33.
Charleston, S. C., May 4, 1865.
I. A Provisional Brigade is hereby organized, composed of the following regiments and detachments: Twenty-fifth Regiment Ohio Veteran Volunteers, Fifty-fourth Regiment New York Veteran Volunteers, Fifty-fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, One hundred and second Regiment U. S. Colored Troops, section of battery, Battery B, Third New York Artillery.
II. Bvt. Brigadier A. S. Hartwell is assigned to the command of the brigade, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
By command of Brigadier General John P. Hatch:
LEONARD B. PERRY,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF FLORIDA, FOURTH SEPARATE BRIGADE, DEPT. OF THE SOUTH, Jacksonville, Fla., May 4, 1865.
Major General SAM. JONES,
Commanding Confederate Forces, Fla.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch of 3rd instant and will meet you at the time and place proposed, Friday, 5th instant, at 2 p. m., at White House.
I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers.
RICHMOND, May 5, 1865.
(Received 3. 20 p. m.)
A part of General Sherman's army will reach here on Monday, the 8th. If Generals Easton and Beckwith are in Washington they should return here immediately.
H. W. HALLECK,