War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0030 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 2.

Morganza, La., October 17, 1864.

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6. That portion of the First Kansas Mounted Infantry now at Morganza will proceed to White River, Ark., and be reported to headquarters Nineteenth Army Corps. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, October 17, 1864.

Brigadier General M. K. LAWLER,

Commanding, &c., Morganza, La.:

Information is received that the rebels are falling back in Arkansas and it is possible that they intend to strike the Mississippi at some point below White River. You will please to watch the movements of the rebel force on and near the Atchafalaya, and send reliable scouts in direction of Alexandria to ascertain as fully as possible the intention of the enemy.

E. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General, Commanding.

MORGANZA, October 17, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I will dispatch a force of infantry, cavalry, and artillery to Simsport in the morning, for the purpose of watching the enemy. There is no person here who will make a reliable scout, and unless some one could be sent me from the city or elsewhere for that purpose it will be difficult, if not impossible, to comply with your telegram.

M. K. LAWLER,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, La., October 17, 1864.

Brigadier General M. K. LAWLER,

Commanding, &c., Morganza, La.:

A scout will be sent up this evening. He has received only the general instructions given to scouts. Give such special instructions as you think necessary.

E. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General, Commanding.