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[CHAP. XXXVIII.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT, Numbers 144.

Shreveport, La., September 22, 1863.

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VII. Capts. E. L. McMurtrey and O. B. Tebbs and Lieuts. H. A. Small, B. C. Marshall, G. W. Stephens, A. Cooper, and W. H. Cooper, Second Arkansas Cavalry, will at once, under the direction of the senior officer above named, proceed to the counties of Calhoun, Bradley, Ashley, Drew, Jefferson, and Dallas, to collect the absentees from said regiment, reporting to these headquarters on the completion of this duty. So soon as communication with the east of the Mississippi River is opened, these men will rejoin their brigade.

By command of Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith:

S. S. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 3.]

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT, Numbers 155.

Shreveport, La., October 5, 1863.

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VI. Major James C. Bates, Ninth Regiment Texas Cavalry, will, with the officers detailed for that purpose, proceed to collect at once all absentees from Whitfield's brigade, Texas cavalry, and send them to Shreveport, La. All officers will give such aid to Major Bates and his officers as they can to assist in the duty with which They are charged.

By command of Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith:

S. S. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 4.]

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT, Numbers 175.

Shreveport, La., October 28, 1863.

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XIX. Colonel Thomas M. Scott, Twelfth Regiment Louisiana Infantry, and Colonel Isaac L. Dunlop, Ninth Regiment Arkansas Infantry, will proceed to collect the men belonging to their respective regiments, now in the Department of the Trans-Mississippi, whether on duty with other organizations or not, and take them to their respective commands east of the Mississippi River. All officers and enlisted men belonging to these regiments will report to their respective colonels at such points as they may designate. It is made the duty of all officers to render to Colonels Scott and Dunlop such assistance as may be necessary in collecting the men belonging to their commands.

By command of Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith:

S. S. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF TEXAS, &C.,

Eagle Lake, October 30, 1863.

Mr. G. W. McMAHON,

Volunteer Aide-de-Camp:

SIR: It is the rule of service that every order issued by a staff officer, or volunteer aide acting in such capacity, should be previously submitted to the general on whose staff he is acting. The commanding general of this district does not recollect to have seen the order calling together