Mr. Seward to Mr. Marsh

Sir: It seems desirable that you should have a correct view of the present military situation. We feel entirely safe in the occupation of New Orleans and the Mississippi. The forces are marching to occupy Texas.

We have a sufficient force in front of this capital, as we suppose, to assure us against aggressive movements of the insurgents in that quarter. We trust that Rosecrans will be safe in Chattanooga until the large re-enforcements which are going to him from three points shall reach him there. Once at Chattanooga, we think we shall have the principal forces of the insurgents confined and practically harmless, within the circle of Georgia and Alabama. Charleston is not neglected.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


George P. Marsh, Esq., &c., &c., &c., Turin.