of the bay coast. I have already ordered all steam and sail vessels to be removed as far up streams as possible. The bridge at Liberty is guarded by a company of cavalry, and I have instructed Major Menard to station another company near the mouth of the river. Now that the enemy is in possession of the Calcasieu he may without much difficulty send a land expedition against Orange by Niblett's Bluff, at which latter point we have several gunboats, which could not run higher up the river. I am not aware that the Sabine is defended on the Lousiana side.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
X. B. DEBRAY,
Colonel, Commanding Sub-Military District of Houston.
P. S.-Colonel Cook telegraphs 7.15 a. m., "All's right."
JACKSON, MISS., October 20, 1862.
Commanding at Mobile:
The regiment at Columbus has been ordered to report to you at once.
J. R. WADDY,
PORT HUDSON, October 20, 1862.
General RUGGLES, Commanding:
General Marigny at Covington reports that 400 Federals have landed at Bonfuaca, and are trying to raise twelve schooners sunk in bay. They have one gunboat. Can't a battery be sent to Colonel Marigny from Jackson?
WM. N. R. BEALL,
JACKSON, MISS., October 21, 1862.
Brigadier General W. N. R. BEALL,
Mount 10-inch gun at once. I will hold 4,000 men here to aid you if necessary. Make every effort to gain further information and inform me by telegraph.
J. C. PEMBERTON,
ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, October 21, 1862.
Brigadier General DANIEL RUGGLES, Jackson, Miss.:
Your letter of 30th ultimo has been received and submitted to the Secretary of War. In answer I am instructed to state that no reproach was intended to be cast on you by the Secretary in my letter of Septem-