War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0168 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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LAWRENCE, October 21, 1864.

Captain JOHN WILLANS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

There is not more than 135 militia, able-bodied men, for duty, and my company, which numbers seventy-five men.

R. D. MOBLEY,

Captain, Commanding Post.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, October 21, 1864.

Captain R. D. MOBLEY:

You will move with your company immediately toward the front, reporting to the first superior officer you meet with. Look out for guerrillas on the road.

By order of Major-General Curtis:

W. H. STARK,

Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, October 21, 1864.

Colonel HERSHFIELD,

Leavenworth City:

Information has been received that a number of negroes have deserted from the battery and are coming home. You will cause them to be arrested and will hold them until they can be sent forward.

By order of Major-General Curtis:

JOHN WILLANS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

LEAVENWORTH CITY, October 21, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

Great destitution and hardship prevails in this city in consequence of the suspension of business. Benevolent people are doing all they can to alleviate their suffering, but many with suffer nevertheless, and unless business can be resumed fear the worst consequence. Cannot business be resumed for a part of each day, if not the whole? Our organizations are complete, and we will turn our for drill, a part of each day, as ordered by General Davies.

Yours, respectfully,

R. N. HERSHFIELD,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, October 21, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel S. A. DRAKE:

How many volunteers have you?

W. H. STARK,

Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.