War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0835 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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place. The party will remain out two days. There is a flag of truce to leave here at 4 o'clock to-morrow morning, and you will instruct the scouting party not to leave until after the flag passes out.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF LITTLE ROCK,

Little Rock, Ark., August 24, 1864.

General CYRUS BUSSEY,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The brigadier-general commanding directs that you cause two regiments of infantry and a battery of your command to hold themselves in readiness to march under command of Colonel Engelmann, with three days' rations.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION,

Little Rock, August 24, 1864.

Respectfully referred to Colonel Engelmann, commanding Second Brigade, who will hold himself in readiness with two regiments of his brigade, in compliance with the within order. The commanding officer Battery E, Second Missouri Light Artillery, has been ordered to report to you.

By order of Brigadier General C. Bussey:

A. BLOCKI,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Bluff, August 24, 1864.

Captain GRACE,

Commanding Gun-boat:

CAPTAIN: A force of the enemy numbering about 2,000, with artillery coming from the north, attacked Ashley's Station three hours ago (twelve miles from here) and captured the force there. I request you to send up one gun-boat for our re-enforcement, at least I should be glad to have the force at Saint Charles here, but will not take the responsibility to order it up at present. Indications are that the rebels are crossing the Arkansas to move this way.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK., August 24, 1864.

Colonel MOYERS,

Commanding, Brownsville:

Did the rebels come from north or south? Move out the greater part of your cavalry against them and skirmish and harass them. At the