War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0432 Chapter LIII. LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

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THIBODEAUX, July 28, 1864.

(Received 7 p. m.)

Major G. B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Colonel Fiske, at Donaldsonville, telegraphs that it is current in Plaquemine that General Taylor is crossing the Atchafalaya with a large force. Deserters to-day report Colonel Bush has gone up the Teche with the Fourth Louisiana Cavalry. The prevailing impression is that General Taylor is east of the Mississippi and Walker is in command.

R. A. CAMERON,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

DONALDSONVILLE, July 28, 1864.

Major G. B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

A party of some twelve or fifteen guerrillas came into a store eight or the miles above here last night and took all the goods. All quiet here.

W. O. FISKE,

Colonel, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, Numbers 176.

Little Rock, Ark., July 28, 1864.

I. Company D, Third Illinois Cavalry Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty in this department and will rejoin the headquarters of the regiment, at Memphis, Tenn., or wherever it may be serving, with as little delay as possible. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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By order of Major General F. Steele:

W. D. GREEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

LITTLE ROCK, July 28, 1864.

General C. C. ANDREWS:

Clayton says the rebels took eighteen pieces of artillery from Camden to Red Fork week before last, and that there are plenty of rebels on the Saline now. I believe nearly all of Price's army is near the Mississippi, and that they do not intend going to White River. Ryan reports Shelby as having crossed to this side of White River at Jacksonport. Do you believe it?

F. STEELE,

Major-General.

LITTLE ROCK, July 28, 1864.

(Received 9.30 p. m.)

Major General F. STEELE,

Little Rock, Ark.:

A scout returned from Searcy and West Point to-day, bringing information that Shelby with his main force as late as Monday last was