War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0122 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, La., July 11, 1864.

Major General F. STEELE,

Commanding Department of Arkansas:

GENERAL: General washburn informs me that he is unable at present to spare the force I requested to protect you line of communication, and I have therefore sent a brigade and two batteries from Morganza to the mouth of White River, to be commanded by General Gordon, who is authorized in case of necessity to order Bailey's brigade (engineers), now at Vicksburg, to join him.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General, Commanding.

DEVALL'S BLUFF, ARK., July 11, 1864 - 10.30 a. m.

Lieutenant Colonel W. D. GREEN,

Little Rock:

Strong scouts are out as follows: Colonel Geiger, toward Saint Charles; Colonel Trumbull, toward Hickory Plains; Lieutenant-Colonel Stephens, Eleventh Missouri Cavalry, [toward] Des Arc. The First Nebraska has gone to Two Prairie Bayou to guard the railroad. I reviewed all the troops here yesterday evening.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Bluff, July 11, 1864.

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Little Rock:

I sent Colonel Geiger, Eighth Missouri Cavalry, with 300 men, on a scout toward Saint Charles, to be gone three days. Colonel Geiger left with his command at 10.30 last night. Lieutenant-Colonel Stephens, Eleventh Missouri Cavalry, with seven commissioned officers and 135 men, left at daylight this morning on a scout to Des Arc. Colonel Trumbull, Ninth Iowa Cavalry Volunteers, with 200 men, left at 5.20 o'clock this morning for Hickory Plains, on a scout. At 9 o'clock this morning I sent seventy men of the First Nebraska Cavalry as escort to ninety artillery horses to be taken to Bayou Two Prairie. I will send an escort from the Twenty-second Ohio Infantry to meet the train at that place and carry the animals to Brownsville. The remainder of First Nebraska leaves here for Bayou Two Prairie, where they will encamp, with orders to guard the railroad.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier General, Commanding 2nd Div., 7th A. C. and U. S. Forces, Devall's Bluff.

DEVALL'S BLUFF, July 11, 1864 - 6 p. m.

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Colonel Geiger has himself returned unwell, having left his force at Aberdeen to proceed on under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Lisenby. As far as Aberdeen nothing was seen or head of the enemy.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General.