For the President
I have but little of special interest to report to day, except that Colo. Smith, the commander of the Department of Washington, like myself, thinks our means of defence, with vigilance, are sufficient to hold this till reinforcements arrive.
I have telegraphed the commander, at Harper's Ferry Armory, to say whether he can station, to advantage, for the defence of that establishment, additional recruits from Carlisle? The ground about the Armory is very contracted & rocky.
Head Qrs. of the Army,
Washington, Apl. 15, 1861.