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done by them on the field-works, which, in their present condition, will always remain as the 8trongest evidence of what a patriotic army can do and endure when it has independence in view, a home to fight for, and an extra ration of coffee in prospect.

By order of Brigadier General Albert Pike, commanding Department of Indian Territory:


Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.


Respectfully forwarded, asking that the within be preserved for future use by me in any proceedings that may be instituted against Brigadier-General Pike.


Major-General, Commanding.

BOGGY DEPOT, July 21, 1862.

Major General T. C. HINDMAN,

Commanding Trans-Mississippi District

GENERAL: Your order of the 17th reaches me here, on my way to the Canadian. West's and Howell's companies, with six guns (all they can man together), are a day's march in advance. I shall send them to Fort Smith as ordered.

I still have two bronze guns and twelve rifled Parrott guns of war. If you want them, you will have to send men and horses for them; I have none of either, and shall buy no more horses. I send also Captain Corley's cavalry company, the only Arkansas company, except West's, that I have. I repeat my request to be immediately relieved of this command. If I do not receive an order to that effect in fourteen days, I shall leave the command in the hands of Colonel Cooper.

Very respectfully, yours,


Brigadier-General Provisional Army, C. S. A.


July 31, 1862.

Major-General HINDMAN,

Commanding Trans-Mississippi Department:

GENERAL: I received, on Monday, your order relieving me of the command of the forces in this Territory, and directing me to report in person at your headquarters.

During the last five months I have been compelled to disburse $680,000 of Indian moneys, under treaties, and to act in various other ways as Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Of the amount disbursed,$100,000 has been paid for feeding our Reserve Indians and Comanches, for which I have not received regular vouchers, to procure which I will probably have to go to the Wichita Agency. Fifteen thousand dollars, also, has been sent by me, by an agent, to be invested in Texas in purchasing wagons, cattle, &c., for the same Indians, and I must procure the proper vouchers for those purchases.

It was for the purpose of closing these and other matters of public interest, and to me involving all I am worth, and more, and for the purpose afterward of going to Richmond to settle these accounts, that I desired the leave of absence, which I hoped you would have granted, as a matter of course, on receiving and forwarding my resignation.