DEPARTMENT OF WAR,
Washington, D. C., April 11, 1862 — 9.36 a.m.
Comdg. Department of the Rappahannock, Hdqrs. Manassas:
SIR: For the present and until further orders from this Department, you will consider the national capital as especially under your protection, and make no movement throwing your force out of position for the discharge of this primary duty.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
SOURCE: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I, Volume 12, Part 3 (Serial No. 18), p. 66