War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0604 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.-Saint Paul to the Hebrews, xi: 32-34.

By order of Brigadier General C. C. Andrews:

GUY S. ALEXANDER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

DEVALL'S BLUFF, August 8, 1864.

(Received 4.45 p. m.)

Captain C. H. DYER:

An escaped prisoner reports that on Sunday last he was taken up to a point four miles above Cotton Plant. One of Dobbin's companies had charge of him, also 200 colored prisoners, captured near Helena. It was understood Shelby had moved up previously. That night he escaped, and before going a mile came upon a large camp. At 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, four miles east of Des Arc, a Confederate soldier overtook him, and said that Shelby and Dobbin were both an hour behind with their commands.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Bluff, Ark., August 8, 1864-8 p. m.

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

It is excellent foraging east of Des Arc, in the neighborhood of Surrounded Hill. Perhaps Shelby has come down there for that purpose. If McCray retreats and gets round to Jacksonport and is followed by General West, will it not be best to have a force move out from here east of White River, driving out of following up Shelby? I shall have a scout at Surrounded Hill soon after daylight to-morrow morning.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

(Copy of General Steele.)

PINE BLUFF, August 8, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

No information of the enemy's movements up to date.

POWELL CLAYTON,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, La., August 8, 1864.

Major-General WASHBURN,

Commanding, &c., Memphis, Tenn.:

Your dispatch of the 31st of July has been received. Your returns show a greater effective strength than either of the Departments of the Gulf or of the Arkansas. General Gordon's force is needed to