HEADQUARTERS HOOKER'S DIVISION,
Camp Baker, Lower Potomac, March 26, 1862.
TO BRIGADE AND REGIMENTAL COMMANDERS OF THIS DIVISION:
Messrs. Nally, Gray, Dummington, Dent, Adams, Speake, Price, Posey and Cobey, citizens of Maryland, have negroes supposed to be with some of the regiments of this division. The brigadier-general commanding directs that they be permitted to visit all the camps of his command in search of their property and if found that they be allowed to take possession of the same without any interference whatever. Should any obstacle be thrown in their way by any officer or soldier in the division they will be at once reported by the regimental commanders to these headquarters.
By command of Brigadier-General Hooker:
SOURCE: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series II, Volume 1 (Serial No. 114), p. 813-4