This communication will be sent by a flag of truce, which will be accompanied by my aide-de-camp, Lieutenant William A. Alston; Captain McIntosh, chief of the staff of General McLaws; Lieutenant Causey, of the U. S. cavalry, and four dragoons.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. BANKHEAD MAGRUDER,
Major-General, Confederate Army, Commanding.
ALTON, February 24, 1862.
SIR: I respectfully request that four officers of my staff may be alowed to accompany me. Please answer by telegraph.
Brigadier-General, C. S. Army.
U. S. RECRUITING RENDEZVOUS,
Milwaukee, Wis., February 24, 1862.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL U. S. ARMY.
GENERAL: From reliable information just received I am confident of being able to enlist at least 500 prisoners* now at Campt Douglas, Chicago, into the Regular Army, if authoritzed to do so. Four out of every five are perfectly willing to take up arms for the Union and anxious thus to testify their loyalty. By referring this matter to the Secretary of War I trust it will meet his approbation.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain, Twelfth Infantry.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, February 24, 1862.
COMMANDING OFFICER OF CAMP MORTON,
SIR: Any Confederate officers who may have accompanied the prisoners of war from Cairo and Saint Louis will be sent under a suitable escort to this city and their arrival reported to these headquarters.
Very respectfully, your obedient serant,
J. C. KELTON,
ON BOARD STEAMER ARGONAUT,
Jeffersonville, Ind., February 24, 1862.
Commanding Department of the Rio, Louisville, Ky.
SIR: I have the honor of reporting to you that I am now passing through your department in charge of General Buckner's staff and other rebel officers, numbering 26; privates numbering 153, making
* For Mullingan to Halleck, see p. 335; also see Vol. I, this Series, pp. 170, 172, 174, for correspondence of Halleck on same subject.