been on duty in Brownsville. He has been sent to the front on several occasions to support Lieutenant-Colonel Showalter. The accompanying will give the required details. Geldings' battalion has been covering the Point Isabel road and has rendered good service. In pursuance of recommendation of Lieutenant Newsom, acting assistant inspector-general, Captain Ward has been assigned to duty as enrolling officer of Cameron County. Civil officers have been requested to resume their functions and assured of our determination to aid them to enforce the laws. Captain Angier has been appointed provost-marshal. A copy of instructions is herewith inclosed.* Captain Watson's company, Benavides' battalion, has been placed on courier duty between here and King's ranch.
I have the honor to be, your very obedient servant,
JOHN S. FORD,
HEADQUARTERS CHURCHILL'S DIVISION, Numbers 40.
Camp Yell, August 17, 1864.
Brigadier-General Tappan is hereby relieved from command of Churchill's division and will resume command of his old brigade. The undersigned assumes command of this division.
T. J. CHURCHILL,
[AUGUST 18, 1864.- For Taylor to Smith (two communications), relating to transfer of troops to east side of the Mississippi, see Part I, pp. 110, 111.]
HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
Shreveport, La., August 18, 1864.
Major General J. G. WALKER,
GENERAL: I am instructed by General Smith to say to you that if you have not made public letter 3661 of 12th instant, addressed to you by him, in regard to crossing the Mississippi in command of your old division, that he withdraws it.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, &c.,
GUY M. BRYAN,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY IN THE FIELD,
Ewing's Plantation, August 18, 1864 - 8 a. m.
Captain E. P. TURNER,
SIR: Colonel Duff seems to have acted with great skill in his late demonstration at Indianola. I am informed from Matagorda that
* Not found.