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regiments that have suffered most should go as guards; 500s ick and wounded will go to Cincinnati and the remainder will come here. No discrimination will be made between our men and the enemy. Send this to Generals Sherman and Grant.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, February 18, 1862.

Governor R. YATES, Springfield, Ill.:

Three thousand prisoners will be sent to Springfield and 3,000 to Indianapolis and remainder to Chicago.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

(Same to Governor O. P. Morton, Indiana.)

CAIRO, February 18, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

We think it unsafe to send prisoners to Springfield, Ill. ; there are so many secessionists at that place.

RICHARD YATES.

O. M. HATCH.

JESSE K. DUBOIS.

CAIRO, February 18, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

White Cloud, Empress, Gladiator and D. A. January on way to Saint Louis with 4,000 to 5,000 prisoners of war. Your instructions were anticipated and orders given last night regarding their destination, treatment and comfort. Governor Morton can provide at Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Richmond for 3,000 prisoenrs, and will provide guards for them if approved. Will send direct from Fort Donelson 1,500 to belanded at Evansville and same number at New Albany.

Will send 500 wounded if necessary to Cincinnati. Hamilton will go to Grant unless you countermand. Steele and troops now at Bird's Point. No more exprected except those of Buell's, which Iunderstand you are to be diverted from first destination. Cumberland iron-works, not Clarksville, burned. Telegraph line to Fort Henry completed to-morrow. Will order continuance to Fort Donelson. River reconnaissance yesterday with two gun boats and steamer went within four miles of Columbus. Saw dense smoke rising over all batteries-might have been from firing. Seventeen guns heard atirregular intervals on way down. At Fort Jeffersoin was told that 20,000 had marched on 16th toward Milburn. Don't believe it. Saw steamer's lights on return following three miles behind.

GEO. W. CULLU,

Brigadier-General.

CHICAGO, February 18, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

The State has a lease of the camp-guards here until the 1st of May free of charge. Shall I renew it on same terms and prepare it immediately for prisoners? And if so when will it be wanted? It will