HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON. Numbers 4.
Washington City, D. C. April 16, 1861.
Colonel Charles P. Stone, inspector-general of the militia of the District of Columbia, is hereby assigned to the command of the companies of volunteers from the District of Columbia now being mustered into the service of the United States.
By order of Colonel Smith:
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS,
Philadelphia, April 16, 1861.
Honorable SIMON CAMERON.
Secretary of War:
DEAR SIR: I have your favor of yesterday, informing me that a requisition had been made by the President of the United States on the Governor of Pennsylvania for thirteen regiments of volunteers to be mustered into service, and adding that General Scott joined you in the hope that I will be in command of the First Division of these troops. I am, also informed by the Governor of Pennsylvania that he intends to place all the troops from this State under my command. I feel gratified by the expressions of confidence from yourself, my old friend and commander, General Scott, and the Governor.
I had hoped we might be saved from the distressing scenes of civil war, but it appears we cannot, and must now meet the difficulties of the occasion as we best can. I hope and believe that every son of Pennsylvania will prove his loyalty to the flag of the Union and do his duty to the best of his ability in whatever grade or station, he may be placed.
With high regard and esteem very sincerely yours,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, April 16, 1861
Colonel DIMICK, U. S. Army,
Commanding Fort Monroe, Va.:
COLONEL; General Scott directs me to write you by Lieutenant Churchill to this effect; Be on the alert and take every precaution against surprise. Your fort, of the greatest importance, must not be taken from the United States. A regiment of volunteers will arrive in a few days to increase your garrison. Make every provision for their accommodation. Have you tents? If not, require them at once, with poles and pins.
I am, &c.,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, MD., April 17, 1861
Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR, U. S.:
SIR: The condition of affairs in this State at this time requires that arms shall be placed in the hands of true men and loyal to the United States Government alone. I have therefore to request that you place