HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES,
Port Hudson, La., January 5, 1864.
Major General NORMAN LIEBER,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
SIR: I have the honor to report arrival at this post of six companies of the One hundred and eighteenth Illinois Mounted Infantry.
G. B. HALSTED,
DONALDSONVILLE, LA., January 5, 1864-9 a. m.
(Received 10.30 a. m.)
Brigadier General C. P. STONE,
Chief of Staff:
All the cavalry have left here for Port Hudson except about 150. Except a transport for them to-day. Have not yet been to get transportation for the First Indiana Battery to the city. Colonel Sheldon reports nothing new from Plaquemine.
W. O. FISKE,
SPECIAL ORDERS, WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 5. Washington, January 5, 1864.
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40. Brigadier General Nathan Kimball, U. S. Volunteers, will proceed without delay to Arkansas, and report, in person, for orders, to Major-General Steele, U. S. Volunteers.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
PILOT KNOB, MO., January 5, 1864.
General CLINTON B. FISK,
Commanding District of Saint Louis, Mo.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to state that there is sufficient forage within 4 miles of Dallas, Mo., to supply one company of cavalry until May 1, 1864. The condition of the country in the vicinity of Dallas requires the presence of troops to protect if from the depredations of guerrilla. The signers of the inclosed petition I know to b loyal men, becoming personally acquainted with them while in command of that post last spring. I would respectfully ask, if consistence with the service, to be ordered with my company to that point.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, general your most obedient servant,
R. H. MONTGOMERY,
Captain Company E, Sixth Cavalry, Mo. Vols.