War of the Rebellion: Serial 019 Page 0370 MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. Chapter XXV.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF KANSAS, Numbers 12. Fort Leavenworth, Kans., May 5, 1862.

To enable him to comply with instructions from the War Department of the 1st instant the undersigned hereby relinquished command of this district.

In taking leave of this command he takes pleasure in acknowledging the activity, zeal, and regard for the public welfare and interest which has characterized every department of the staff; and to Captain Thomas Moonlight, assistant adjutant-General, upon whom has devolved the duties of three officers, he would especially acknowledge the energy and ability with which those duties have been performed.

S., D. STURGIS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS, Numbers 1. Fort Leavenworth, Kans., May 5, 1862.

I. Pursuant to instructions from Headquarters Department at Washington the undersigned hereby assumes command of this department.

II. The following-named officers are hereby assigned to duty on the staff of the brigadier-general commanding.

Captain Thomas Moonlight, assistant adjutant-general.

First Lieutenant H. G. Loring, Tenth Kansas Volunteers, aide-de-camp.

First Lieutenant J. Fin. Hill, Tenth Kansas Volunteers, aide-de-camp.

III. The other staff officers heads of their respective departments (within this department) will continue as before.

JAS. G. BLUNT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS, Numbers 2. Fort Leavenworth, Kans., May 5, 1862.

I. General Orders, Numbers 8. dated Headquarters District of Kansas, April 25, 1862, is hereby rescinded.

II. The instructions issued by the Department at Washington to the colonels of the two Indian regiments ordered to be raised will be fully carried out, and the regiments will be raised with all possible speed.

By order of Brigadier General James G. Blunt,

THOS. MOONLIGHT,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE SOUTHWEST,

May 6, 1862.

Brigadier General W. SCOTT KETCHUM,

Acting Inspector-General:

GENERAL: A scout sent forward to determine the possibility of moving east could only go 40 miles east of Jacksonport; beyond it was an endless lake of water.

The general directed me to "press forward to the Mississippi" and it seems the river is coming this way. The whole country about the mouth of the Arkansas and White River is overflowed. Napoleon is