War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0420 Chapter LIII. LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

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those of Taylor on the White River, have in view the crossing of the Mississippi River for the purpose either of interfering with our operations against Mobile or of joining the rebel army at Atlanta.

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE, Numbers 94.

Memphis, Tenn., July 27, 1864.

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13. The One hundred and forty-third Regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers, Colonel D. C. Smith commanding, is hereby ordered to proceed forthwith to Helena, Ark., and report to Brigadier General N. B. Buford, commanding District of Eastern Arkansas. The quartermaster's department will furnish necessary transportation.

By order of Major General C. C. Washburn:

CHAS. H. TOWNSEND,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 251.

Washington, July 27, 1864.

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44. Captain William T. Kittredge, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, will report without delay by letter to the commanding general Department of the Missouri, and in person to Brigadier-General Sanborn, U. S. Volunteers, at Springfield, Mo., for assignment to duty.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

PILOT KNOB, July 27, 1864.

Brigadier-General EWING,

Saint Louis:

A deserter from Shelby's force says that Shelby is at Jacksonport with 2,000 or 3,000 well armed men. Thinks Shelby wishes to get toward Springfield. Reves and Freeman are near Pocahontas with 2,000 or 3,000 conscripts partly armed. Some eighty paroled prisoners will arrive here to-morrow. They were captured near Devall's Bluff.

J. F. TYLER.

BLOOMFIELD, MO., July 27, 1864.

Brigadier-General EWING:

Have wasted nineteen hours trying to hear from you. I now start with my command, about 500 strong, including battalion of First Missouri Cavalry, for Arkansas. I hope I am right in taking that battalion. They have been with me six days, and are needed much more during the remainder of the expedition. Any dispatch from you received here to-day will be forwarded to me to-night. I expect to be out about a