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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF LITTLE ROCK, Numbers 102.

Little Rock, Ark., October 28, 1864.

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II. The Thirty-third Iowa Infantry is hereby detailed as escort for a supply train to Fort Smith, Ark. The commanding officer of that regiment will have it in readiness and communicate with Colonel B. O. Carr, chief quartermaster Department of Arkansas, and when the train is readily will escort it to Fort Smith and return with the wagons as soon as they are unloaded.

By command of Brigadier General E. A. Carr:

C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

LITTLE ROCK, October 28, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER POST, Brownsville, Ark.:

Send the following dispatch by express to Colonel Geiger to-night:

Colonel GEIGER,

Commanding Cavalry Brigade, Brownsville, Ark.:

Send an escort of 500 men to Lewisburg to await there the arrival of Major-General Herron and other officers, and escort them to Fort Smith. Select a good officer to command the escort. The escort to start on the morning of the 30th instant. The escort to return with Colonel Sackett and the other officers who wish to return to Little Rock.

By order of Brigadier General E. A. Carr:

S. E. GRAVES,

Captain, Twelfth Michigan Infty. Vols., Acting Aide-de-Camp.

PINE BLUFF, ARK., October 28, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel W. D. GREEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Colonel Erskine's cavalry expedition returned this morning, having been out over five days. He scouted the country between the White and Arkansas Rivers as far down as Arkansas Post, and brought in over 400 head of beef-cattle. He reports the country as being entirely clear of rebels. He reports the country as being entirely clear of rebels.

POWELL CLAYTON,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

MEMPHIS, October 28, 1864. (Received 31st.)

Major General O. O. HOWARD:

I send you copy of dispatch just received from Colonel E. D. Osband. Nothing new here. All quiet.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY EXPEDITION,

Skipwith's Landing, October 25, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER, Memphis:

In a skirmish to-day on Steele's Bayou a wounded officer, finding himself about to die, said that all the forces in this Yazoo Swamp were ordered to move to-morrow; that they were to concentrate at Oxford, Miss., and that a combined attack was then to be made on Memphis. It is possible that there may be truth in the statement and I forward it.

E. D. OSBAND,

Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Forces, District of Vicksburg.

M. L. SMITH,

Brigadier-General.