War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0413 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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deem it important to keep open this cahnnel during the continuance of the war, we believe by making us an allowance of $2,000 or $2,500 per month for the use of the canal we could insure an improved navigation from this time henceforth. Our usual expenditures, when prosecuting the work with vigor, are from $10,000 to $15,000 per month. I have the honor to accompany this commuinication with a report of the company and a map of the country.*

Hoping to hear from you on this subject, and that arrangements may be made for the further progress of the work, I am, sir, your obedient servant,

MARSHALL PARKS,

President Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Company.

P. S.-Reference is made for the importance of the work to Honorable Thomas Bragg and Honorable W. N. H. Smith.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 268.

Richmond, December 17, 1861.

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XXIX. Captain T. Coopwood, with his company (The Monroe Rangers), Mississippi Volunteers, will immediately proceed to Richmond, Va., and report for duty to General Winder, commanding.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

John WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HAGUE POST-OFFICE, WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VA.,

December 17, 1861.

Honorable J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War:

DEAR SIR: I have received a letter from a reliable source in Maryland, informing me that it is the impression there that Commodore Craven has gone to Philadelphia to take charge of a large fleet to operate on the Potomac batteries, and also that they have added to the Federal force at Budd's Ferry, Charles County, and that a combined attack on t he Evansport batteries by alnd and water seems to be generally understood at the Washington Navy-Yard as about to be undertaken.

Very respectfully, yours, &c.,

JOSEPH FORREST,

Captain and Recruiting Officer, Maryland Volunteers.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 269.

Richmond, December 18, 1861.

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III. Captain Hatchett's Lunenburg Dragoons and Captain Douglas' Virginia Rangers, Virginia Volunteers, will proceed to Fredericksburg,

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