Should any obstacke be thrown in their way by anyofficer or soldier in the division they will be at once reported by the regimental commanders to these headuqarters.
By command of Brigadier-General Hooker:
Assistant Adjutant- General.
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-= GEENRAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, March 29, 1862.
Major General D. HUNTE, U. S . Volunteers,
Commandign Department of the South, Port Royal, S. C.
GENERAL: Brigadier-General Brannan has requested that 200 contrrabands be sent from Port Royal for the public works at Fort Jefferson, TOrtugas. The Secretary of War directs that they be sent accordingly.
I am, sir, &c.,
WAR DEAPRTMENT, ADJUTANT- GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, April 1, 1862.
Major Gne. JOHN E. WOOL, U. S . A rmy,
Commanding Departmentr of Virginia, Fort Monroe.
SIR: On the 12th ultimo a copy was sent to you of the relolution of the House of Representiatives of the 7th of Mrch, 1862, calling for informatin relative to the number, age and condtion of the Africans who have been under your superivsioon while in your present command, with the amount of work performed by them, the pay recieved and the cost to the Government for their support and you were requested to report uopon the same.
As the Secretary is anxious to recieve this informaiton I have to request that youwill please cause it to be furnished without delay. Please inform me immediately if the copy has been recieved by you.
I am, sir, &c.,
OFFICE OF PROVOST- MARSHAL- GENERAL,
DEAPRTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, April 2, 1862.
Colonel ROBERT J. ROMBAUER, Pacific.
COLONEL: Your leter of the 1st instant con cerning Langston Goode and his negroes is received. Goode must pursue his leagl remedy to recover his negroes. He can take them by a proper writ issued from a court of competent authority in the hands of a peoper officer and no obstacles will be put in the way of the execution of such process. The U. S. forces will leave negroes and their owners to settle their affairs by civil process and iwll not engage in the restoration of fugitives nor will they take negroes from their masters.
BERNARD G. FARRAR,
Provost- MAarshal- General.