War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0371 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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The remainder of the Twelfth Illinois Cavalry are stationed at Napoleonville to watch the various approaches. The reserve force here, which can move toward Donaldsonville or Brashear, consists of the Sixtieth Indiana Infantry, the Second Maine Cavalry, five companies of the Eighteenth New York Cavalry, and the Fourth Iowa Battery. I have been ordered by Major- General Banks to collect the Second Maine Cavalry at this place and keep them ready to move on short notice, as I could make a better disposition of them. I think, with this exception, the troops here are as well posted as they can be until wee are aware of the points to be struck.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. A. CAMERON,

Brigadier- General, Commanding.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Bluff, Ark,, July 24, 1864.

Colonel W. F. GEIGER,

Commanding Third Brigade:

COLONEL: You will start a scout of 150 men, under command of Captain Charles A. Williams, Eleventh Missouri Cavalry, at 10 this evening in the direction of West Point and Searcy. It will be furnished with three days' ratios. Captain Williams will report at these headquarters at 8 p.m. for instructions. Have the detail kept as private as possible.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Bluff, July 24, 1864.

Colonel W. F. GEIGER,

Commanding Third Brigade:

COLONEL: You will start at daylight to- morrow morning a scout of 150 men to Saint Charles with three days' rations. The officer who will be in command will report to these headquarters at 7.30 o'clock this evening for instructions. Have the detail kept as private as possible. Yours, very respectfully,

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD CAVALRY MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS,

Camp near Little Rock, July 24, 1864.

Lieutenant CHARLES H. FROST,

Acting Assistant Adjutant- General:

LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to report that a colored man came to our lines to- day from Dallas County. He reports that the rebels were about to hang him, and in consequence of which he made his way