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,
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.
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:
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.,
Captain and Recruiting Officer, Maryland Volunteers.
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,