War of the Rebellion: Serial 042 Page 0172 W.FLA., S.ALA., S.MISS., LA., TEX., N.MEX. Chapter XXXVIII.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. EASTERN SUB-DIST. OF TEXAS,

No. 40.

Houston, August 16, 1863.

In obedience to the foregoing special order, I hereby assume command of the Eastern Sub-District of Texas, and will, until otherwise ordered, transact the business of the sub-district through the regular staff officers of Brigadier-General Scurry.

It may be necessary to say to the troops, in assuming the command, that while I will look closely to the interest of every officer and soldier under my command, I will enforce such discipline as the interest of our country requires. Without subordination an army is an armed mob, dangerous to civil liberty, useless to their country, and disgraceful to themselves.

Headquarters for the present at Houston.

H. E. McCULLOCH,

Brigadier-General, Commanding, &c.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Marshall, August 17, 1863.

Captain E. P. TURNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.:

CAPTAIN: Inclosed please find letter from General E. Kirby Smith touching the impressment of cotton. I have explained the condition of the State's cotton to Lieutenant-General Smith, and deemed it best to get from him the letter inclosed.

Please to lay it immediately before the general.

I received on yesterday your communication relative to the State arms. I leave for Austin in a few days, and will communicate with you immediately after my arrival at that point.

I am, yours, very respectfully,

F. R. LOBBOCK.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS,

Marshall, Tex., August 15, 1863.

Major General J. B. MAGRUDER,

District of Texas, Arizona, &c.:

GENERAL: I am directed by Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith to inform you that he did not mean to include the cotton belonging to the State of Texas in that subject to impressment.

You will not, of course, impress any cotton belonging to the State.

I have the honor to be, respectfully, &c.,

GUY M. BRYAN,

Major, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF TEXAS, &C., No. 221.

Near Millican, August 17, 1863.

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XII. Acting Brigadier-General Debray having been relieved from command at his own request, is hereby reassigned to the command of Galveston Island, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

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By command of Major-General Magruder:

GEO. A. MAGRUDER, Jr.,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.