War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0087 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- CONFEDERATE.

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hold convention at Wheeling to- morrow to form separate State. Two companies of U. S. troops mustered into service at Wheeling. Stated at Baltimore 500 Marylanders left for Virginia, 2,000 more en route. Harper's Ferry sufficiently provisioned. Anticipate attack this week.

D. G. DUNCAN.

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MONTGOMERY, May 12, 1861.

D. G. DUNCAN,

Richmond, Va.:

Telegraph only ascertained facts, not floating rumors, and brief them.

L. P. WALKER.

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RICHMOND, May 13, 1861.

(Received 14th.)

L. P. WALKER:

National Intelligencer this date contains Secretary of the Navy's answer to a Philadelphia mercantile house having cotton on board British ship Ja. S Yeo, at Mobile saying fifteen days would be allowed near vessels from time actual blockade. Steamer Pawnee still anchored off Alexandria.

D. G. DUNCAN.

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RICHMOND, May 13, 1861.

L. P. WALKER:

I am requested to say President Morris, of Southern Telegraph Company, will leave Richmond to- morrow for Montgomery with authority to act, and that the Government may rely upon securing all the benefits the management of the line can confer. They ask that no steps be taken by Congress or Administration until Mr. Morris shall arrive. For myself, I am satisfied the cause is receiving no detriment from the line, communication with Washington being cut off. I see, however, in New York papers of May 11 a dispatch from Montgomery, May 9, stating that Confederacy has controlled sufficient army ordnance and ammunition for 150,000 men and one years' campaign. This must have been sent to Alexandria, thence to Washington by special messenger, or over western line from New Orleans. Been urged by influential men on Letcher the stopping of mails and express going to Washington. Think this of utmost importance. Your dispatch received. This one is free.

D. G. DUNCAN

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS VIRGINIA FORCES, Numbers 15..

Richmond, Va., May 13, 1861.

I. To facilitate the dispatch of business, company commanders are notified that their requisitions for arms, equipments, ammunition, clothing, &c., must in all cases pass through their immediate commanding officer for his approval or other action. After a due lapse of time for the communication of this order to the troops in Virginia, no requisitions will be filled by authority from this office which do not conform to it. The same rule must also be observed in all official letters and