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Coleman's regiment are near Salem, Ark., and when I get to West Plains in force I design to send a detachment from below this point to cut his retreat off. The divisions are coming up as fast as the teams can drag through the mud and water. Rains continue.

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, April 27, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

General Curtis reports from Vera Cruz on the 24th instant our cavalry from Forsyth destroyed extensive saltpeter manufactory near Yellville, Ark., and burned the buildings. In a skirmish with rebels Lieutenant Heacock, Fourth Cavalry, killed, and 1 private slightly wounded. The cavalry in advance of carr's division within one day's march of the balance of the troops; nearly all at Vera Cruz.

W. SCOTT KETCHUM,

Brigadier-General.

CAMP AT WEST PLAINS, MO., April 27, 1862.

Captain J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:

CAPTAIN: Headquarters arrived here at 1.30 o'clock to-day. All quiet. Second Division here. First Division moving toward Salem./ Third and Forth Division will be here to-morrow.

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Saint Louis, April 27, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK, Pittsburg, Tenn.:

On the 19th instant two companies cavalry sent from Camp Wild by Captain Backus to Fort Union, at request of Governor of New Mexico and Major Paul, commanding Fort Union. On 23rd instant Colonel Alexander, commanding Fort Laramie, reports Indians took stages and Flowers' party at Ice Springs, wounding 6 out of 9. Stock taken from Green River and herder killed. Two men killed on Harris' Folk. Stock run off from Three Crossings of Sweet water. Indians say "Mormons good men; all others bad men."

By orders from Washington detachment of soldiers are to be sent in the stages. Colonel Alexander sent first detachment on 23rd instant. General Sturgis ordered this to be continued until mail stations shall be secured.

W. SCOTT KETCHUM,

Brigadier-General, Acting Inspector-General.

WEST PLAINS, MO., April 28, 1862.

Captain J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:

CAPTAIN: The general telegraphed me to "press on to Jacksonport," which I am doing. His dispatch of the 23rd tells me to "hurry on toward the Mississippi.' Continual high waters will make the roads and rivers