the friends of the Union. The capital would be in [their] possession, the archives of the Government lost, and the ulterior consequences remain to be told in the future history of a distracted country. I hope you will lpardon an intrusion dictated by devotion to our common country. The course which I have narrated is that which I would pursue if placed in circumstances so far to abuse the blessings of Divine Providence.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain, U. S. Navy,
HDQRS. TROOPS IN WASHINGTON, D. C. Numbers 1.
April 7, 1861.
Pursuant to Special Orders, Numbers , from the Headquarters of the Army, dated on the 6th instant, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the troops stationed in this city and at Fort Washington, Md.
C. F. SMITH.
Lieutenant-Colonel Tenth Infantry and Brevet-Colonel.
Washington, D. C. April 9, 1861
SIR; I am instructed by the President of the United States to direct you to take all necessary precautions for protecting this capital against a surprise or any assault whatever, and that for this object among other means, you proceed forthwith to mature a plan under the twenty-fourth section of the act of Congress entitled "An act more effectually to provide for the organization of the militia of the District of Columbia," approved March 3, 1803, and that you advise the President whenever in your judgment the occasion shall have arisen for the President's action under said section.
Secretary of War.
Washington, April 9, 1861
Major General R. C. WEIGHTMAN,
Commanding Militia of the District of Columbia, Washington:
SIR: Under the twenty-fourth section of the act approved March 3, 1803, the President desires that you call out, to be mustered into the service of the United States, ten companies of militia constituted preferably of the uniformed volunteer companies. Major McDowell, assistant adjutant-general will muster the troops into the service of the United States as soon as presented.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Secretary of War.
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