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HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE INDIAN TERRITORY,

October 15, 1863.

Colonel T. C. BASS:

COLONEL: General Cooper is moving east, having left Stand Watie on the North Fork road, with a small force. You will collect all of your regiment, except a guard at Washita, of about 25 men, and move up as far as Limestone Gap, to be in readiness to support Colonel Watie. You will make such preparations for defenses the means at hand will admit of in the gap. Much can be done by cutting down threes and forming temporary breastworks to protect the few men you will have.

Your obedient servant,

WM. STEELE,

Brigadier-General.

Commanding Officer at Washita:

SIR: You will obey the orders of Colonel Bass, withdrawing the greater part of his regiment from Fort Washita.

Your obedient servant,

WM. STEELE,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE INDIAN TERRITORY,

Near Boggy Depot, October 17, 1863.

Brigadier General D. H. COOPER:

GENERAL: Your letter of the 12th, with postscript of 16th, was received yesterday. The inclosed copy of letter from Colonel Martin* was forwarded to department headquarters, Colonel Martin having been ordered to the Northern District of Texas by instructions from those headquarters. You have not put me as fully in possession of the state of affairs as I could with. You do not send me a report of your own strength. Please remember this omission, and I wish also you would suggest any course of operations that may appear to you as advisable under existing circumstances.

Your obedient servant,

WM. STEELE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Indian Territory.

[OCTOBER 22, 1863.-For Henry E. McCulloch to Marmaduke, reporting arrival of Qunatrill's men in Texas, &c., see Series I, Vol. XXVI.]

HEADQUARTERS NORTHERN SUB-DISTRICT,

Bonham, Tex., October 23, 1863.

Brigadier General WILLIAM STEELE,

Commanding Indian Territory:

GENERAL: I inclose herewith a letter of instructions from Major-General Magruder,* by which you will see that I am directed to withdraw General Bankhead's (now General [R. M.] Gano's) brigade from your district. Feeling that I have no legal right to give orders to troops within your district while I remain in this, I can only request you to

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*See Vol. XXVI, Part II.

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