War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0175 Chapter XLVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Matagorda Peninsula, Tex., January 28, 1864.

Brigadier General W. P. BENTON,

Commanding Post at Indianola:

You are instructed, should any Texans who have come within the lines form the enemy make any attempt to get by the picket-lines and escape again to the enemy, to give such orders to the guards that they shall be shot on the spot and not captured. You are also directed to put a stop to small boats leaving your post for the purpose of getting fish and oysters or any other pretense, except when they have on board at least 4 good reliable soldiers, well armed, so as to prevent any treachery.

Respectfully,

N. J. T. DANA,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Matagorda Peninsula, Tex., January 28, 1864.

Brigadier General W. P. BENTON,

Commanding Post at Indianola:

You will be very careful to provide against any attack by water on such transports as may at any time be lying at or near your wharf, and will keep your troops well on the alert and some of your artillery properly disposed with that purpose. You will see that the transports, whilst they are there, have their guns and their crews constantly ready for action, and will always, at such times, keep at least 100 men on guard on or in the vicinity of the transports, ready instantly to repel a boat attack.

I have the honor to remain, very respectfully,

N. J. T. DANA,

Major-General.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK., January 28, 1864.

Major General H. W. HALLECK:

GENERAL: Yours of the 7th instant received. I ask authority to relieve General Davidson from my command. He is the only discordant element in it. He will intrigue against me.

Respectfully, yours,

FRED'K STEELE,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

WASHINGTON, January 30, 1864.

Colonel TOWNSEND:

Brigadier General J. W. Davidson will be relieved from duty in the Department of Arkansas, proceed to Cairo, Ill., and report from that place by telegraph to Chief of Cavalry Bureau.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.