HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, &C.,
Little Rock, Ark., March 26, 1864-12 p.m.
Colonel F. H. MANTER:
The messenger who left here this morning has been driven back 5 miles from Benton. I inclose copies of two dispatches.* Will answer General Sherman that the expedition left on the 23rd. Captain Carr received a telegram from Colonel Myers, saying,"General Allen telegraphs that no movement will take place in your department," dated 21st.
General Kimball has used, and is using, every exertion possible to remount the cavalry and provide horses for our battery. Four hundred mules have arrived at Devall's Bluff since you left; 100 will be taken to mount cavalrymen; the remaining 300 are hauling new wagons from Devall's Bluff. Clayton telegraphs Lieutenant Greathouse went within 16 miles of Monticello, and that the enemy have fallen back from Branchville to that place. Lieutenant G[reathouse] learned that they are fortifying at Monticello and except some infantry there soon. General Kimball has sent out two cavalry scouts. All quiet here.
W. D. GREEN,
HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,
Camp 4, Rockport, Ark., March 26, 1864.
Colonel ADOLPH ENGELMANN,
Commanding Third Brigade, Third Division:
COLONEL: You will march with your command at 9 a.m. March 27, and report to the general commanding on your arrival at Rockport, bringing with you the trains under your charge.
By order of Brigadier General F. Salomon:
HDQRS. DETACH. 7TH ARMY CORPS, DEPT. OF ARK.,
Little Rock, Ark., March 26, 1864
Commanding District of the Frontier, Fort Smith, Ark.:
General Kimball, having been placed in command of all the troops along the line and north of the Arkansas River, desires to know the commanding officers and number of troops in the district, and to be kept advised of any movements of interest.
E. D. MASON,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
In the Field, Culpeper Court-House, Va., March 26, 1864.
Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,
Commanding Department of the Missouri:
GENERAL: It is desirable that as large a force be brought into the field in the spiring campaign as possible. To do this the garrisons
*Not found as inclosures; but see Sherman to Steele, March 20 (p.668), which was probably one of the dispatches.