War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 1024 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS- MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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which end, should you not contemplate a visit to this district at this time, I will cheerfully visit you, with your permission, at Shreveport, to receive your views on the subject.

Hoping to have an early reply, I have the honor to remain,with respect, your obedient servant,

STERLING PRICE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CONFEDERATE FORCES IN NORTH. ARKANSAS,

July 23, 18864.

Colonel T. R. FREEMAN,

Commanding Brigade:

COLONEL: The brigadier- general commanding desires me to inform you that he intends moving, with a part of this force, below Clarendon, for th purpose of blockading White River in that vicinity. He also intends to make a demonstration on the Little Rock railroad at the same time, and for this purpose he wishes you to inform him immediately what armed fore you can send to Colonel Magness' by Monday night, and under what officer said force will be. Both these movements will be kept perfectly secret.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. P. CLENDENIN,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF AL., MISS., AND EAST LA.,

Meridian, Miss., July 25, 1864.

His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,

Richmond:

SIR: I forwarded to you on the 23rd instant a communication in regard to the movement of our troops in the Trans- Mississippi Department up through Arkansas and Missouri, &c. I can, and will, if wished, forward to you my idea of the plan of the campaign, route of march, and all details as to mounting, subsisting, and supplying the army in general.

Corn and forage will soon be ready and fit to feed to stock, and by the time the army moves into North Arkansas and South Missouri it will be hard enough to feed. I will await Your Excellency's reply if this matter meets wit your consideration.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. HENRY BEHAN,

Captain and Assistant Commissary of Subsistence.

SPECIAL ORDER,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 174.

Richmond, July 25, 1864.

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XX. Major S. F. Pierson, artillery, Provisional Army, C. S., is assigned to duty in the District of Texas, under the command of Major General J. B. Magruder, and will report to General E. Kirby Smith, commanding, &c.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

SAML. W. MELTON,

Assistant Adjutant General.