HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF TEXAS, &C., Numbers 350.,
McNeel's House, December 22, 1863.
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II. Colonel James Duff, if he has not moved his regiment from Texana, will not do so. The regiment will remain at Texana.
Colonel Likens' regiment will not be moved from Camp Wharton until further orders.
The major-general commanding has received information that neither San Antonio nor Eagle Pass is threatened at present but that the enemy is in great force on the peninsula, some 25,000, and will march this way.
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By command of Major-General Magruder:
EDMUND P. TURNER,
HDQRS. EASTERN SUB-DISTRICT OF TEXAS, Numbers 276.
McNeel's Plantation, December 22, 1863.
I. Colonel A. Buchel will order his command to proceed without delay to Cedar Lake, and join the forces of Colonel R. R. Brown, at that point, carrying out the instructions already given Colonel Brown. Colonel Buchell will report in person to these headquarters as soon as his command is on the march.
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By command of Brigadier-General Slaughter:
L. G. ALDRICH,
December 23, 1863.
General DABNEY H. MAURY,
Order Brigadier-General Moore to rejoin his former brigade in Lieutenant-General Hardee's command, and retain Brigadier-General Shoup for artillery.
Adjutant and Inspector General.
[DECEMBER 23, 1863. - For Smith to Mouton and Taylor, in reference to arms crossing the Mississippi, &c., see Series I, Vol. XXII, Part II, pp. 1110, 1111.]
McNeel's Plantation, December 23, 1863
SIR: I am instructed by Major-General Magruder to say that you will hurry on your command as rapidly as possible, as the enemy is in front of us in heavy force, and may, unless re-enforcements arrive in a very short time, gain important and perhaps vital points.