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PHILADELPHIA, EIGHTH AND SPRUCE STREETS,

September 21, 1863.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have just received intelligence of the capture, by a detachment of my forces under the immediate command of Lieutenant Colonel George E. Currie, of 3 rebel officers and a number of privates, $2,200,000 in Confederate funds, and very important rebel dispatches, all of which are now at Cairo. I would, in the absence of Major-General Grant, request instructions respecting the immediate disposition of the rebel dispatches, &c.

Very respectfully,

ALFRED W. ELLET,

Brigadier-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, September 21, 1863.

Brigadier General ALFRED W. ELLET,

Eighth and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia:

You will cause all the Confederate funds and dispatches mentioned in your telegram of this date as being captured by your command to be brought to War Department in Washington and delivered to the Adjutant-General.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

IN CAMP AT GOODRICH'S LANDING, LA.,

September 21, 1863.

Major-General GRANT:

SIR: Allow me the honor to report the capture of 6 additional Confederate prisoners; also 7 horses and 1 mule, in addition to prisoners above named were captured west of Bayou Macon, and are a portion of a company of 25 engaged in keeping open a line of communication between the east and west. I have every reason to believe I will be able to break them up within the next ten days, as I have captured 9 out of 35.

Respectfully, yours to command,

H. J. HALL,

Officer of Scouts, Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

Vicksburg, Miss., September 21, 1863.

Major General S. A. HURLBUT,

Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: You will please detach from your command and send forward to this place the Twelfth Regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers and Thirty-second Regiment Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, to report to Major General J. B. McPherson, commanding Seventeenth Army Corps, if their services can be possibly spared.

By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNumbers A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.