DONALDSONVILLE, LA., February 15, 1864-7.30 p. m.
Brigadier General C. P. STONE,
Chief of Staff:
SIR: Captain Barrett has arrived at Plaquemine from his scout. Colonel Sheldon says he thinks of sending some of his men with Captain Barrett to make a reconnaissance up the Grossetete.
W. O. FISKE,
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Matagorda Peninsula, February 15, 1864.
Major General E. O. C. ORD,
Commanding Thirteenth Corps:
Orders are received here to send to Louisiana all of the Fourth Division and all that portion of the Third Division now here. This evacuates this point, as there are no other troops here. I have not received any orders to abandon any other position now occupied by me, although I shall have left only 4,000 effective men, black and white, and, under such restrictions as have heretofore been placed on me, I do not conceive that I have the authority to act in that matter without orders. I shall therefore continue to hold other points till I receive instructions to the contrary.
I have the honor to remain, very respectfully,
N. J. T. DANA,
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 58.
Washington, February 15, 1864.
Alton, Ill., attached to the Department of the Missouri in General Orders, Numbers 135, of September 19, 1862, is hereby re-transferred to that department from the Northern Department.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ROLLA,
Rolla, Mo., February 15, 1864.
Major O. D. GREENE,
SIR: Pursuant to General Orders, Numbers 23, series of 1863, District of Rolla, I have the honor to make the following report for the past week: February 11, Lieutenant Reed, with 20 men of Company F, Fifth Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, left this post to escort train of Government wagons to Waynesville, Mo.; returned February 13, 1864. February 10, Lieutenant Charveaux, with 20 men, Fifth Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, started on a scout; returned February 14, 1864. February 12, 1 sergeant and 4 men, Fifth Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, left this post on a scout to Big Maries River, 20 miles northwest; they look three rifles from parties who had no