War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0266 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, July 19, 1864.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Saint Louis, Mo.:

One captain and five or six lieutenants of the Regular Army, disabled for present field service, are ordered to report to you, in accordance with your telegram of the 16th. The endeavor to find officers of higher rank for the purpose has been in vain.

C. A. DANA,

Assistant Secretary of War.

LEAVENWORTH, July 19, 1864.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

Your dispatch received. Have notified General McKean to hold himself ready for any emergency. Your command at Kansas City should keep in communication with General Mckean at Paola. Rebels in Platte and Clay trying to go south should be caught, and I will be glad to help catch them.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE MISSOURI, No. 198.

Saint Louis, Mo., July 19, 1864.

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VI. In compliance with Special Orders, No. 59, paragraph 2, current series, from headquarters Military Division of West Mississippi, Companies F, G, K, and M, First Missouri Cavalry, are hereby relieved from duty in this department, and will proceed at once to join the main portion of the regiment in the Department of Arkansas. The four companies will be concentrated at New Madrid, Mo., and proceed in a body from that point. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

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IX. Brigadier General O. Guitar, Missouri State Militia,will proceed at once to Rolla, Mo., and reassume command of that district.

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By command of Major-General Rosecrans:

FRANK ENO,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SAINT LOUIS, Saint Louis, July 19, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel BURRIS,

Commanding, New Madrid:

I am satisfied Captain Ewing is idling away his time at Charleston. The petty guerrilla outrages going on incessantly about him must be stopped,or some other officer must be put in command there. He and his men, I fear, devote too much of their care and attention to save their private horses from hard use. I have heard hundreds of complaints of the inefficiency of that command. I am convinced there is good cause. You must put an end to the cause of this.

THOMAS EWING, Jr.,

Brigadier-General.