ment confined to bed in Washington. —There is one thing I learned in Washington just on leaving that wants attending to. You know breakfast lasts from early in the morning until about noon, and dinner from that time until night. Jess runs about the house loose and seeing the guests at meals thinks each time it is a new meal and that he must necessarily eat. In this way he eats five or six times each day and dips largely into deserts. If not looked after he will make himself sick. —Have you heard from Fred.? No doubt he got home safely. I shall go down to Washington on Sunday. 1 You need not mention it however. —I have sent in my recommendations for staff appointments placing Fred's name among them. I will know by to-morrow if they are approved. No doubt they will be however. I have put in the name of Capt. H. Porter, a very valuable regular officer, about such as Comstock, and still left one vacancy so that if Wilson should fail in his confirmation I can appoint him. I do not apprehend however any danger of his confirmation.
Kisses for yourself & Jess.
In field, Culpepper C H. Va. March 26th 1864.
MAJ. GEN W. S. ROSECRANS COM'D'G. DEP'T. Mo.
ST. Louis, Mo.
It is desirable that as large force be brought into the field in the spring campaign as possible. To do this the garrisons for holding territory acquired and where there are no organized bodies of the enemy threatening, must be reduced to the smallest number possible necessary for the end to be accomplished Between the