War of the Rebellion: Serial 042 Page 0340 W. FLA., S. ALA., S. MISS., LA., TEX., N. MEX. Chapter XXXVIII.

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Our prospects are brightening in the north, thank God, and for the present, at least, Northern Texas is safe.

HENRY E. McCULLOCH,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Northern Sub-District.

By command of Major General J. Bankhead Magruder:

EDMUND P. TURNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS LINE OF THE SABINE,

Niblett's Bluff, La., October 20, 1863.

Captain EDMUND P. TURNER, A. A. G., Houston, Tex.:

SIR: I have the honor to report my arrival at this post with the right, wing of my regiment (five companies) and one section of Captain Jones' light battery. More cavalry is absolutely needed here. We should have at least 400 or 500 horses from here to the Mermenton, to guard all ferries, roads, and by-roads, and to threaten the enemy's line of communication toward Opelousas, and, if possible, to inflict severe punishment on them.

The left wing of my regiment, the other section of Jones' and Lieutenant [A.] Robira's section of light artillery I hope will be here to-morrow. Neither the 32-pounder guns nor the two mountain howitzers mentioned in your telegram are here.

Inclosed herewith please find a dispatch just received from Captain B. P. L. Vinson, commanding company of the Second Louisiana Battalion, which I opened.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. BUCHEL,

Colonel, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

CORSOR MILLS, Mermenton, October 19, 1863.

Major General J. B. MAGRUDER,

Commanding Confederate Forces in Texas:

GENERAL: I have just returned from Franklin from a scout. I send you a correct report of Yankee forces passed through Franklin from the 1st to the 15th instant. This report is correct. There is great dissatisfaction among the troops, and great many wish to desert, thinking Texas is a hard road to travel. I brought a Yankee out of their lines, but I am compelled to deliver him, to send him to General Taylor.

I am, general, your obedient servant,

BAILIE P. L. VINSON,

Captain Second Louisiana Cavalry,

Formerly Dreux La. Battalion, Peninsula.

[Sub-Inclosure.]

The total number of Federal forces passed through Franklin from the 1st to the 15th of October [is as follows]:

12-pounder brass smooth-bore guns................... 26

3-inch rifled guns................................. 18

30-pounder rifled siege guns........................ 4

20-pounder rifled siege guns........................ 3

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Total pieces of artillery........................... 51

Cavalry............................................. 1,500

Mounted infantry.................................... 280

Men and told........................................ 20,000