XVIII. The country of Henrico is constituted a separate military department, under the command of Brigadier-General Winder, headquarters at Richmond, Va.
By command of the Secretary of War:
OCTOBER 21, 1861.
General J. E. JOHNSTON, Present:
DEAR GENERAL: I send you herewith two dispatches* I found at Ewell's. How true they are I am unable to tell, but I should not be surprised if there was some truth in them, especially in reference to that battery on the Maryland shore, probably a mortar battery. Bomb-proofs ought to be provided at once for the garrisons and part of the reserves. I think they ought to be telegraphed to know if they want Triplett's company from Camp Pickens, or it might be sent there anyhow for a few days, and should they wish to keep it they could return another company in its place. The flag I think will do first rate. They ought to be made so as to be easily attached to the staff. When will the others be back? I send a dispatch just received from Evans. I should not be surprised if he whipped the whole of Banks' army.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
I think it would be well to attack them whenever the opportunity presents itself.
G. T. B.
RICHMOND, October 21, 1861.
General J. B. MAGRUDER, Yorktown:
Retain the Mississippi company by all means. We are making every effort to re-enforce you to the extent of our ability.
Adjutant and Inspector-General.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
Goldsborough, October21, 1861.
Brigadier General D. H. HILL,
Commanding District of the Pamlico:
GENERAL: The following telegram has just been received from General Cooper, viz:
The following telegram has just been received from General Huger, to wit: "A large fleet is about sailing from New York for the purpose of attacking Beaufort and New Berne. This information has been communicated to me by a man who represents himself to be a deserter from the frigate Minnesota (an officer), and confirmed by a letter found in his possession.
You will therefore please return to New Berne without delay.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. C. GATLIN,
(Sent to New Berne by special train to forward to General Hill.)
*Not found as inclosures.