with the recruiting service or with the special duties assigned to Lieutenant-Colonel Burke in connection with the prisoners under his charge.
By order of the Secretary of War:
SEMINARY, March 21, 1862-8 p. M.
Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
I have been waiting some time expecting to be able to inform you that Porter's division was under way. When I left town this afternoon his artillery was on board and the infantry rapidly embarking. Everything going on in good order and expeditiously. Still find capacity of many transports overrated.
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
Major-General, U. S. Army.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 1862.
General J. HOOKER,
Budd's Ferry, Md.:
The general commanding directs that you make preparations, by reducing the baggage of your command to the allowance authorized by general orders, for embarking upon river transports. You will be relieved by General Sedgwick in a few days, and your division will probably follow General Porter's.
R. B. MARCY,
Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Washington, D. C., March 22, 1862-8 p. M.
THOMAS A. SCOTT,
Assistant Secretary, Fortress Monroe:
Please remain at Fortress Monroe for instructions, and report to me daily the state of affairs.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Washington, D. C., March 22, 1862-7.56 p. M.
General Davies wishes to be assigned for duty in General Halleck's department, but I will not do it if you wish to have him in your command. Please signify to me your wishes. I am rejoiced you are getting along so well.
EDWIN M. STANTON.
HDQRS. MOUNTAIN DEPARTMENT, No. 2.
Wheeling, March 22, 1862.
I. Asst. Surg. W. A. Hammond and Asst. Surg. E. S. Dunster, U. S. Army, are appointed inspectors of hospitals and camps in this