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Dix, John Adams (1798-1879) to Henry Wager Halleck

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02455.04 Author/Creator: Dix, John Adams (1798-1879) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 November 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: General Dix, Commander of the Department of the East, encloses a confidential report (not included) by a detective from Buffalo, New York. Informs Halleck, General in Chief of the Union army, that the detective "has seen, as you will observe, a large number of prominent rebel refugees, and, having been with them at the South, had free communications with them." Writes "I shall... send a small body of troops to Fort Montgomery at Rouses Point. [Bumont?] has been provided for by the Governor. There is, however, need of guns for a Company of artillery just recruited, and I will endeavor to procure them." Written on headquarters, Department of the East stationery.

People: Dix, John Adams, 1798-1879.
Halleck, H. W. (Henry Wager), 1815-1872.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Union General, Civil War, Union Forces, Military History, Refugees, Confederate States of America, Artillery, Recruitment, Weaponry, Spying

Sub Era: The American Civil War