War of the Rebellion: Serial 042 Page 0121 Chapter XXXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A., Richmond, July 24, 1863.

Major General DABNEY H. MAURY,

Commanding, &c., Mobile, Ala.:

GENERAL: Yours of the 16th has been submitted to me. I entirely concur in the policy of exporting on Government account all the cotton we can manage to send abroad, and,in return, to import cargoes of provisions and other necessary supplies for the army. You are authorized to employ the steamer Crescent, as proposed by you, and to make fair arrangements with any others for the purpose indicated. I would recommend that at this your stores, whether of cotton or articles received, should not be allowed to accumulate and remain at Mobile, but be sent off to some more inland town convenient of access by railroad or river. Your letter requesting supplies of ordnance stores and guns has been received and referred to the Chief of Ordnance, with direction to give all the aid his resources will allow.

Very truly, yours,

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,

No. 95.

Shreveport, La., July 25, 1863.

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V. Brigadier General Henry E. McCulloch is relieved from duty in the District of Louisiana, and is assigned to duty in the District of Texas. He will report to Major General J. B. Magruder.

By command of Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith:

S. S. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF TEXAS, &C.,

No. 200.

Houston, July 26, 1863.

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XIII. Brigadier General R. M. Gano is hereby assigned to the command of all the cavalry of the Texas State troops called out under the late proclamation of His Excellency Governor Lubbock.

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By command of Major-General Magruder:

EDMUND P. TURNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[JULY 28, 1863.- For Smith to Cooper,in reference to conscription in Trans-Mississippi Department, see Series I, Vol. XXII, Part Ii, p.949.]

HDQRS. DIST. OF TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, AND ARIZONA, Milican, Tex., July 29, 1863.

Major-General TAYLOR,

New Iberia, La.:

GENERAL: I hear rumors of your falling back on Niblett's Bluff. There are a few days' supplies at that place which I have ordered forward two companies of Elmore's regiment of Texas infantry to protect.