SPECIAL ORDERS No. 263.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

San Francisco, Cal, December 5, 1864.

James Gamble, esq., of San Francisco, having reported to these headquarters as assistant superintendent
of the U.S. military telegraph for the District of California, he will be recognized and respected accordingly.
Mr. Gamble will take immediate steps to make the necessary requisitions on the department at Washington for the means
and material to lay a submerged cable from Alcatraz to Point Blunt, Angel Island, and from Alcatraz to Point San Josť,
and for putting up wires from Point Blunt to the battery on Raccoon Straits, the water battery at Camp Reynolds,
and the southwest battery at Angel Island; also for connecting point San Josť, the Presidio of San Francisco,
and Fort Point with the department headquarters. Each of the stations above named will be provided with dial instruments.
As this work is a means of defense of the first importance, Mr. Gamble will urge that the means and material
be furnished with the utmost dispatch.

By command of Major-General McDowell:
R. C. DRUM,
Assistant Adjutant-General.