War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0620 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

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HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., March 15, 1864.

Colonel J. B. ROGERS,

Cape Girardeau, Mo.:

Send 100 men on a swift expedition through Scott, Mississippi, and the lower counties. Let them operate independently of Captain Ewing at Chaleston. I hope they will overtake and exterminate the murderous gang that are producing the reign of terror in Southeast Missouri. The party will also obtain information upon which movements will be based.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., March 15, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel JOHN N. HERDER,

Pilot Knob:

Let 100 picked and well-appointed men, under Major Wilson, be made ready for a rapid march to Arkansas. Orders will reach you by mail. They will go light.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., March 15, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel JOHN N. HERDER,

Pilot Knob:

The lying expedition under Major Wilson will procure reliable information touching number and movements of the enemy in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas, the quantity of forage to be obtained within striking distance of Pocahontas, the stage of water in Black River, and, if possible, communicate with Colonel Livingston's scouts. Let the guerrillas e exterminated.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,

Springfield, Mo., March 15, 1864.

Lieutenant N. H. BURNS,

Assistant Provost-Marshal:

After making a full inspection of the offices of the assistant provost-marshals of this district, you will instruct and direct them to correct all irregularities and deficiencies, pointing out to each in what his irregularities and deficiencies consist. You will ascertain and report if the respective assistant provost-marshals enforce rigidly the various orders issued from these headquarters and from the district provost-marshals. Ascertain what efforts are made by the assistant provost-marshals to arrest the perpetrators of crimes, and what success attends their efforts.

You have authority to destroy all intoxicating liquor kept in violation of orders from these or department headquarters, and when