War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0034 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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mand, which Captain Peck says they can do in two days. They should not remain there longer than that time. If you can spare any transportation I would advise you to send here your surplus ordnance stores.

Very respectfully,

JOHN M. THAYER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

P. S.-I have no news from the enemy.

MEMPHIS, TENN., October 17, 1864.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Saint Louis:

GENERAL: Dispatches received from Generals Washburn and Thomas, also information received through reliable scouts, shows that Forrest is about to attack Memphis in heavy force. There are only about 5,000 effective men here, including the Enrolled Militia. Can you spare any of the troops sent to you from here, even for a short time? Two thousand men sent at once may save the city of Memphis, and the amount of Government property here is so vast that the most strenuous efforts should be made to save it.

MORGAN L. SMITH,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., October 17, 1864-8 p.m.

Colonel JOSEPH DARR,

Provost-Marshal-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:

From prisoners and other sources of information find out all about Price's army and let us hear from you.

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, OFFICE OF PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL, Numbers 1.

Saint Louis, Mo., October 17, 1864.

I. The following order is published for the information of all concerned:

GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DEPT. OF THE MISSOURI, Numbers 198.

Saint Louis, Mo., October 16, 1864.

Colonel Joseph Darr, jr., heretofore performing the duties of first assistant provost-marshal-general, is announced as acting provost-marshal-general of the department.

He will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

By command of Major-General Rosecrans:

FRANK ENO,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

II. In assuming the duties of this position, it becomes a painful necessity to refer to the death of Colonel J. P. Sanderson, Thirteenth