ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Montgomery, May 25, 1861.
Colonel EARL VAN DORN,
Commanding Department of Texas, San Antonio, Tex.:
SIR: Your letter of the 10th instant, reporting the capture of ten officers and three hundred and thirty-seven men, consisting of the command of Brevet Colonel Reeve, U. S. Army, has been received and submitted to the Secretary of War. In answer, I am instructed to say that the Department is constrained, under existing state of things, to order that both officers and men of this command be retained in Texas as prisoners of war until further orders or until duly exchanged. All future communications for this office will be directed to Richmond, Va.,
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Adjutant and Inspector General.