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Washington, November 18, 1861.

Major General B. F. BUTLER, U. S. Volunteers,

Boston, Mass.:

Repair immediately to this city, and report to the commanding general.




Washington City, November 18, 1861.

Colonel T. F. MEAGHER,

New York:

Get your command ready for marching orders. We shall have quarters for you at Harrisburg in a few days.


Secretary of War.


Washington, November 18, 1861.

Brigadier General JAMES W. RIPLEY,

Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance:

SIR: Mr. Schuyler informs us that the steamer City of Washington will leave Liverpool on the 6th of November, having on board 12,955 Enfield rifles, from Dresden, 500 sabers, 800 revolvers, one case of bullet-molds; by the steamer Saxonia, to leave Southampton on the 6th, 7,000 cavalry carbines and 500 sabers; by steamer Fulton, November 12, 20,000 Prussian rifles, and by the steamer leaving Hamburg on the 17th November 30,000 more. The last 50,000 are of caliber .54, and can readily be altered to .58 when we have time to do it. Please have ammunition prepared for .54 caliber in such quantity that may, under any circumstances, be required for the service.

Boker & Co. advise us that they will deliver during the week from 25,000 to 30,000 stand of arms and a large lot of sabers. These arms, together with a lot received from California a few days since, will supply a great portion of the immediate demand, if proper discretion is used in their distribution. Please makek up a list of immediate wants for the several States, and forward it to Major Hagner or Captain Whiteley, with instructions to make shipments as promptly as possible. Urge, also, our own manufacturers of pistols and carbines to make their deliveries as rapidly as possible.

Very respectfully,


Assistant Secretary of War.


Washington City, November 18, 1861.

His Excellency the GOVERNOR OF MAINE,

Augusta, Me.:

I have the honor to request that you will forward on the 10th, 20th, and last day of each month to the Adjutant-General of the Army, for the