HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES IN TEXAS, Numbers 13. Pass Cavallo, Tex., January 31, 1864.
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4. The Chicago Mercantile Battery will at once proceed to Indianola, making use of pontoon sections, as far as convenient, as a means of transportation, and report to Brigadier General W. P. Benton, commanding First Division. Upon application, the chief quartermaster will furnish transportation.
By order of Major General N. J. T. Dana.
HUGH G. BROWN,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
WASHINGTON, D. C., January 31, 1864-2.50 p. m.
Commanding Department, Saint Louis, Mo.:
As the general orders of the War Department place all Illinois in General Heintzelman's department. Alton of course falls under his command.
H. W. HALLECK,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,
Springfield, Mo., January 31, 1864.
Commanding at Cassville, Mo.:
I do see that you can reduce your mounted force any more with safety, or make any better disposition of troops. If there is plenty of forage at Berryville and Rolling Prairie, I think the troops operating in Arkansas, after sufficiently scouting Searcy and Newton Counties, had better be brought back to these places, with perhaps a part on White River in the vicinity of Bufallo. Not less than seven or eight squadrons should be left on Rolling Prairie, if any. If the river continues fordable and there are no new developments, I think now that I will send seven squadrons of the Sixth Provisional Regiment to Rolling Prairie in a few days. You may send this to General Holland when you send forward dispatches. Phelps had better move up from Berryville. Have General Holland move far so from Berryville [sic].
JOHN B. SANBORN,
HDQRS. 1ST Brigadier, ARMY OF THE FRONTIER, Numbers 3. In the Field, January 31, 1864.
I. Every regiment and company in the command while on the march will call roll at least three times each day, even while temporarily halting, and whenever the command halts and is called out to march. All straggling is forbidden.
II. No stock of any kind shall be killed without orders. Any soldiers presuming, without orders from his commanding officer, to