HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,
New York City, October 19, 1864.
Hon. E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:
I have been advised that a party of rebels from Canada have robbed the banks at Saint Albans, Vt., and killed several citizens. I have ordered the provost-marshal at Burlington to send his whole efficient force there, and have also ordered 10o men from Boston. I have directed a discreet officer to be put in command, with orders, in case the marauders are found on our side of the line, to pursue them, if necessary, into Canada, and destroy them.
JOHN A. DIX,