War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 1036 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

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HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,

Shreveport, La., March 12, 1864.

Lieutenant General THEOPHILUS H. HOLMES:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding desires that in turning over your command to General Price you will not fail to give all information in your possession which may be useful to him in the administration of the district; and, further, he requests that you remain with General Price until he becomes conversant with your plans for future operations, as well as any preparations you may have made for carrying them out.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. CUNNINGHAM,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS SCURRY'S BRIGADE,

March 12, 1864 - 2 o'clock.

Four gun-boats landing troops at Simsport. I have advanced to the works and will try to check their advance. Troops in fine spirits and moving down handsomely.

W. R. SCURRY,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,

Shreveport, La., March 12, 1864.

Major-General MAGRUGER,

Houston, Tex.:

Whereabouts id Green's division? It ought to be well on the way to Alexandria by this time. If it is still there retain Baylor's, Madison's, and McNeill's regiments. Lieutenant-General Smith directs you to send Buchels' and Terrell's regiments to General Taylor immediately, in addition to Brown's and Pyron's; these four regiments to report to General Green. He also directs that you hold the balance of your cavalry (except Baylor's, Madison's, and McNeill's regiments) ready to move at a moments' notice.

W. R. BOGGS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,

Shreveport, La., March 12, 1864.

Major General J. B. MAGRUGER,

Commanding District of Texas, &c.:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs me, in inclosing to you the accompanying extracts* of communications from Major-General Taylor, to say that information lately received from various sources leaves no doubt that the enemy are preparing for a combined movement from Berwick Bay, Little Rock, and the Mississippi River. Sherman's command is reported at or near Vicksburg,

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* Not found.

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