rainy weather and consequent muddy roads; but everything being favorable, the effort will be made in the next fifteen or twenty days.
(As agreed upon.)
P. S.-Since writing the former, I have been credibly informed that a large force is now landing in Norfolk, said to be Burnside's expedition, and the destination Weldon.
Information received from Baltimore, April 19, 1864.
At Annapolis, under Burnside, 20,000, and transportation ordered for 25,000 immediately. Since the above date the 25,000 mentioned above have arrived at Annapolis. The whole force consists of veterans, raw recruits, and negroes, the larger portion being of the two latter classes.
Sixty-five thousand men were organized in the Army of the Potomac proper, including 12,000 troops from Grant's western army. Transportation for 30,000 additional troops from the North was ordered. Also, 15,000 troops were on their way from Grant's western army for the Army of the Potomac. The above 12,000 men from Grant's western army were known to have passed over the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, including some regiments of Maryland and Tennessee troops, known to have been at Chickamauga.
Mr. ---- learned that 40,000 troops had arrived at Fortress Monroe from Charleston, Mobile, and the Atlantic Gulf coast; also that Grant was receiving positively re-enforcements from the Army of the Southwest, but could not learn the exact number.
Dr. ---- stated that 25,000 men had come on from Grant's western army, and were with the Army of the Potomac and with Burnside at Annapolis. Also that 50,000 men were assembled at Yorktown. Troops were being sent to Western Virginia in considerable force.
Mr. ---- stated that the Army of the Potomac consisted of 100,000 men, composed of veterans, raw recruits, and negroes; that there were 35,000 men at Fortress Monroe; also 25,000 men at Beverly, W. Va.
Mr. ---- stated that 30,000 troops had arrived from Grant's western army, and 11,000 from Knoxville, East Tenn.
Scouts just from Baltimore give the above as obtained from some of our friends in that city on the 19th instant.
This paper handed me by General Custis Lee, written by him from the memoranda of the "stores" just from Baltimore, referred to in the last paragraph within. They are now in town, and were sent hither by Colonel Bradley T. Johnson, Maryland Line, who knows them. Their names ere intentionally omitted within by General C. Lee.
J. B. SALE,
IVOR JUNCTION, April 20, 1864.
I have just returned from near Suffolk. My cavalry were there and below at sunrise this morning, and my scouts there last night. The