HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, &C.,
Little Rock, Ark., March 18, 1864.
Brigadier General J. M. THAYER,
Your telegram received. It is important the movement should commence at once. Move with the force therein specified on monday, the 21st instant. The place of junction will be Arkadelphia. The movement from here will commence on the same day. If possible, communicate in advance of your approach to us, so that we may be fully apprised of your position.
By order of Major General F. Steele:
F. H. MANTER,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
SAINT LOUIS, MO., March 18, 1864.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN,
Have written to Washington proposing that two regiments of infantry and four of cavalry be ordered here from troops of other State, to insure impartiality in quieting local troubles. This would enable me to take about 2,000 infantry, six batteries of artillery, and 6,000 cavalry to move south, in execution of the plan of which General Ewing spoke to you. If no outside troops are sent I can still move with 4,000 or 5,000 cavalry and 1,500 infantry and five batteries.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
MEMPHIS, TENN., March 18, 1864.
(Via Cairo, 21st.)
Saint Louis, Mo.:
General Sherman left Memphis for Nashville on the 15th instant, via Cairo. I have no knowledge of his future movements.
R. P. BUCKLAND,
OFFICE ACTG. ASST. PROV. March General OF ILLINOIS,
Springfield, March 18, 1864.
Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,
Commanding Department of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.:
GENERAL: I have had the honor to receive your communication of the 14th instant, reminding me that the military prison and station at Alton, Ill., have been placed in the Department of the Missouri, under your command, and that the commanding officer, Colonel William Weer, Tenth Kansas Volunteers, complains that he receives orders from the Secretary of War, Commissary-Genera of Prisoners, and myself direct, as well as from the general commanding department, and that he is in some cases embarrassed in the performance