War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 1008 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

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[First indorsement.]

Respectfully referred by direction of the President, to the Adjutant-General for remarks, &c.

BURTON N. HARRISON,

Private Secretary.

[Second indorsement.]

Issue special order constituting the Indian Territory west of Arkansas a separate district within the Trans-Mississippi Department and placing Brigadier-General Cooper in command of that district.

S. C[OOPER].

[Inclosure Numbers 1.]

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 227.

Richmond, September 29, 1862.

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XVIII. Brigadier General D. H. Cooper is assigned to duty as superintendent of Indian affairs, by virtue of the act of Congress permitting such assignment.

By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 2.]

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 7.

Richmond, January 9, 1864.

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XV. Brigadier General D. H. Cooper is assigned to the command of the Indian troops in Trans-Mississippi Department on the borders of Arkansas. Brigadier-General Steele is relieved from that command and will be otherwise assigned to duty by the commanding general of the Trans-Mississippi department.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 3.]

HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,

Shreveport, February 20, 1864.

Brigadier-General COOPER,

Commanding, &c, (through General Maxey):

GENERAL: I am in receipt of your communication of the 13th instant inclosing copy (extract) of Special Orders, No. 7, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, current series.

In reply to your letter I am directed by Lieutenant-General Smith to say you will still be under the command of Brigadier-General Maxey. The action of the War Department in placing you "in command of the Indian troops" was anticipated in the instructions given Brigadier-General Maxey when he was ordered to relieve Brigadier-General Steele.

I am, general, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

S. S. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.