SAINT LOUIS, MO., September 17, 1863.
Washington, D. C.:
Dispatch from General Steele, dated at Little Rock, 10th, announces the capture of that place. Enemy in full retreat, and Davidson in hot pursuit.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Saint Louis, Mo., September 17, 1863.
Major-General STEELE, Little Rock.:
I congratulate you most heartily upon your success in the capture of Little Rock. Accept my thanks for yourself and your command.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO., September 17, 1863.
General FISK, Commanding:
My men left this morning early, 100 strong, one gun; are to be joined at Bloomfield by 100 of the Sixth Cavalry. The force, when combined with Poole, will be 400 good men and two howitzers. I am afraid Poole will get into them alone. He passed through Kennett on the 15th, in hot pursuit or rebels. I have no fears for him. One can chase ten, &c.
J. B. ROGERS,
Washington, September 17, 1863.
Major-General POPE, Milwaukee, Wis.:
The regiments sent from your department will first report to General Schofield, at Saint Louis, where they will receive additional orders.
H. W. HALLECK,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, Mo., September 18, 1863.
General-in-Chief, Washington, D. C.:
GENERAL: General Steele's success in the capture of Little Rock and occupation of Central Arkansas, and that of the troops under Generals Blunt and McNeil in the Indian country, has placed nearly the entire State of Arkansas and the Indian country under our control. I have sent a telegraph corps to Little Rock, and hope soon to have regular communication with that place via Helena and Memphis. I have also sent cars for the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad, so that the troops at and beyond Little Rock can be supplied without difficulty.
As soon as the Arkansas River rises so as to navigable from Little Rock to Fort Smith, I will send supplies for the troops in Western Arkansas and the Indian country by that line, and thus diminish very much the cost to the Government, and render operations south of the