in the rebel army; and as I wished to increase the force on the island, I sent Captain Black with his company of the Ninth Infantry, as Captain Black ranked Captain Winder. I did this with a view of quieting the public mind. In all the communications I ever received from Captain Winder, as well as frequent conversations with him, I was fully convinced of his perfect reliability and loyalty to the Government. At the frequent inspections I made of Alcatraz Island during his command I alvays found everyithing in the most satisfactory condition. His system of alarm signals to prevent surprise and general preparations to meet any emergency evinced a thorough knowledge of his duty and responsibility as commander of the most important defense of the harbor of San Francisco.
Very respectfully, your obedient,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,
Sacramento, Cal., October 8, 1864.
Governor JAMES W. NYE,
Carson City, Nev. Ter.:
I am here on my way to Nevada. Will be in Virginia City Tuesday afternoon or evening.
Major-General, Commanding Department.
SAN FRANCISCO, October 8, 1864.
Major CHARLES McDERMIT,
Let cavalry remain in Virginia. General McDowell leaves Sacramento to-day for that place.
R. C. DRUM,
HDQRS. DISTRICT OF HUMBOLDT, Numbers 52.
Fort Humboldt, Cal., October 8, 1864.
1. First Lieutenant R. F. Herrick, First Battalion Mountaineers, California Volunteers, with detachments of Companies A and D, same battalion, will proceed forthwith to Camp Iaqua and relieve Captain Buckley in the command of that post.
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3. Upon being relieved by Lieutenant Herrick, Captain Buckley will proceed without delay with his company (C), Sixth Infantry California Volunteers, to Fort Humboldt and report to the district commander.
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By order of Lieutenant-Colonel Whipple:
A. W. HANNA,
First Lieutenant and Adjt. First Batt. Mountaineers, Cal. Vols.,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.