HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL MISSOURI,
Jefferson City, January 28, 1864.
Colonel JAMES McFERRAN,
COLONEL: You will please instruct the commanding offices of post, detachments, and scouts to enforce a rigid police in your subdistrict. In cases where parties, soldiers, or citizens, with or without a commanding officer, commit outrages upon the people, they will be arrested and the officer making the arrest report their action through you to these headquarters. Prompt, energetic action will be required, and the property of citizens must be protected. You will please communicate these instructions to the troops under you command.
I am, very truly, your obedient servant,
E. B. BROWN,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
White River, January 28, 1864.
Dispatches just received from Captain Duff, at Berryville, report the enemy having fallen back to Rolling Prairie, Searcy County, under command of Colonel Hughes. I shall move on them as expeditiously as possible. Colonel Phelps is reported in the vicinity of Burrowsville, Ark. I will be detained in consequence of rations not having reached me. I will keep you advised of my movements, also that of the enemy.
C. B. HOLLAND,
HICKMAN MILLS, MO., January 28, 1864.
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL, DISTRICT OF THE BORDER,
Kansas City, Mo.:
SIR: In obedience in instructions of the 25th instant, I have sent scouts out on the Little and Big Blue, to look for persons and cattle engaged in the destruction of abandoned forage, but have not been able to hear of any up to this date.
Very respectfully, yours,
LEWIS D. JOY,
Captain, Commanding Station.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
Ne Orleans, January 29, 1864.
GENERAL: No important change has occurred in this department since my last dispatch.
I shall be ready to co-operate with General Sherman and General Steele as soon as I receive definite information of the time when they