of the movements of the enemy, and what fording there is over Bayou Des Arc. The scout will take three days' rations and move punctually to-morrow morning at daylight.
C. C. ANDREWS,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF LITTLE ROCK, Little Rock, Ark., July 20, 1864.
Colonel E. LYNDE,
Commanding Post, Huntersville:
COLONEL: The brigadier-general commanding directs as follows: That you send a scouting party from the Ninth Kansas Cavalry, with instructions to scout the country to the east of Bear Skin Lake, Clear Lake,and Plum Bayou, at least as far as half way to Pine Bluff. They will cove all approaches to Brownsville from the south that they may reach, also the railroad. The detachment will march with five days' rations,and on their return will drive in all beeves that they can find. The commanding officer will in frequent reports either by telegraph from Brownsville or by messengers. You will please report when they will march and how strong.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. H. DYER,
PINE BLUFF, ARK., July 20, 1864-8 p.m.
Captain C. H. DYER,
The reconnaissance party sent out yesterday has returned. They went several miles below Mount Elba. Report enemy's cavalry scouting the country in all directions.
BROWNSVILLE, ARK., July 20, 1864-7 p.m.
Captain C. H. DYER,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Little Rock:
From the best information that I have been able to obtain I do not think there is any force in the direction of Pine Bluff, except the gang that fired on the train,and squads of ten and fifteen. I have scouts in that direction and will soon know whether there is any force there or not. It is reported that Shelby's force left Gun Spring on the 17th, going toward Jacksonport. Major Pomeroy left Austin at 1 p.m. to-day in the direction of Searcy. Shall hear from him to-morrow.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Saint Louis, Mo., July 20, 1864.
Major C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Mil. Div. of West Miss., New Orleans, La.:
MAJOR: The First Regiment Missouri Cavalry (four companies) having been relieved from duty in my department and ordered to join