War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0275 Chapter XLVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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COLDWATER GROVE, February 8, 1864.

Colonel N. P. CHIPMAN,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: Your letter concerning guerrillas in Missouri received last night by messenger. I have both patrols and scouts out constantly, and shall use every effort to ascertain what is going on in this vicinity. My available force is now 52 men. My company is well armed and in ordinary condition.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. GOSS,

Captain Co. F, Ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 8, 1864.

Major General JOHN POPE,

Milwaukee:

Members of Congress represent to the Secretary of War that the Thirtieth Wisconsin Volunteers are available in your department for immediate service in the field, and they wish them ordered South. Please report by telegraph if they can be spared.

H. W. HALLECK,

MILWAUKEE, WIS., February 8, 1864-10.30 a. m.

Brigadier General H. H. SIBLEY,

Saint Paul, Minn.:

Retain command of Fort Snelling; orders go to you by to-day's mail.

JNO. POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 9, 1864.

Brigadier-General BURBRIDGE,

Louisville:

If you have General Banks' consent you can report for duty to General Grant.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, February 9, 1864.

Brigadier General PHILIP ST. GEORGE COOKE, U. S. Army,

Baton Rouge:

GENERAL: The complaints that extensive smuggling of supplies exists between Plaquemine and Opelousas continue to come in. I have addressed the commander at Plaquemine directly on the subject, and would request you to send an officer there to examine into the matter and report to you the course of affairs in that vicinity.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.