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ordered the militia regiments at New York that are in best preparation to hold themselves ready for duty at the forts in that harbor. I shall go to New York to-night, and as soon as a special train can be arranged for the purpose.

E. D. MORGAN,

Governor of New York.

AUGUSTA, March 10, 1862.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Shall I send all the batteries now at Augusta (five) to Portland, where they might be useful in preparing defensive works and other ways? I have ordered two to go.

I. WASHBURN, JR.,

Governor of Maine.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, D. C., March 10, 1862.

His Excellency Governor WASHBURN,

Augusta, Me.:

I think it would be very well to send all the batteries to Portland, that being the point most exposed and where attack would be most injurious.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

[MARCH 10, 1862.-For Whiteaker to Thomas, relating to troops organized in Oregon for the two and three years' regiments, &c., see Series I, Vol. L, Part I, p.918.]

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Augusta, Me., March 11, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to transmit to you a copy of resolves passed by the Legislature of this State relating to coast and frontier defenses in Maine. These revolves passed by the unanimous vote of the Legislature, and express the earnest opinions of the people of the State. Permit me again to call your attention to the very important question to which they after.

With the highest respect, your obedient servant,

ISRAEL WASHBURN, JR.

[Inclosure.]

State of Maine.

RESOLVE relating to coast and frontier defenses in Maine.

Resolved, That Congress be requested to take immediate measures to fortify and defend the harbor and city of Portland and some point or place in the northeastern portion of the State, to be selected by such engineers as the Federal Government may appoint for the purpose, and also such places on the coast and frontier of Maine as may be