HDQRS. NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 221.
New Orleans, La., October 22, 1864.
1. Brigadier General Alexander Shaler, U. S. Volunteers, having reported to these headquarters for duty, in obedience to special orders form headquarters, Military Division of West Mississippi, will proceed to Morganza, La., and report to the general commanding at that post, awaiting the arrival of the major-general commanding the corps for assignment to duty.
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By command of Major General J. J. Reynolds:
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS, Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
Colonel O. C. RISDON,
Commanding Fifty-third U. S. Colored Infantry:
COLONEL: You will proceed to Saint Charles, Ark., with your command, disembarking at that place and taking commando f the post until further orders.
By order of Brigadier General E. S. Dennis:
WM. E. KUHN,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
DEVALL'S BLUFF, October 22, 1864-1.30 p. m.
Captain C. H. DYER,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Little Rock:
The Ninety-ninth Illinois Infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Matthews, and the One hundred and twentieth Ohio Infantry, Major J. F. McKinley commanding, in all 650 strong, have just arrived per steamer Eclipse.
C. C. ANDREWS,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF VICKSBURG, Vicksburg, Miss., October 22, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Mil. Div. of West Mississippi:
I have information that small parties of troops and three pieces of artillery are on either side the river in the vicinity of Rodney. Cobb's scouts, which are about 100 strong, and have heretofore infested this neighborhood, have been ordered to Oakland College, near Rodney or Bruinsburg. It is said Warren County is to be abandoned to the Federals. The system of scouting all over the country by companies of independent scouts, guerrillas, &c., is to be abandoned and all men are being concentrated. Only one company is said to be left (Evans') in the Deer Creek country, and they are scattered in small squads, principally with a view to notify the planters to drive away their stock when our forces approach. Gardner is increasing his force at Jackson considerably. A woman in from Delhi, on the west side, reports a small force at Monroe, and most of the troops have gone below. They have been firing in to boats also above here and have done some dam-
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