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scouts report great dissatisfaction among the rebel reports at the renewal of the order to cross. I think the attempt to cross will be deferred until after Price's forces get back. I have concentrated at this place all the disposable force from below, in readiness to oppose the crossing, or to support General Steele, if he should be attacked by Magruder. Rosecrans has been ordered to send to Memphis the detachments of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Corps the moment they can be spared from Missouri, and by the quickest route. The cavalry division will also be sent back. Dana will go to Memphis as soon as General M. L. Smith or General Veatch reaches Vicksburg. As the crossing of the river will probably be attempted at or near Gaines's Landing, I do not wish him to leave until he can be properly replaced.


Major-General, Commanding.

(Copy to General Halleck.)


WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 384. Washington, November 5, 1864.

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41. In accordance with section 10 of the act of July 17, 1862, the President hereby assigns Major George B. Drake, assistant adjutant-general, U. S. Volunteers, to duty as assistant adjutant-general of the Department of the Gulf, with rank and pay of lieutenant-colonel, from November 4, 1864.

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By order of the Secretary of War:


Assistant Adjutant-General.


HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, No. 178. New Orleans, La., November 5, 1864.

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2. Lieutenant Frank N. Wicker, Signal Corps, U. S. Army, will proceed by first transport to Mound City, Ill., and report in person to Captain A. M. Pennock, commanding Mississippi Naval Squadron, on business connected with the army code of signals. Having made satisfactory arrangements with the commanding officer of the Mississippi Squadron, Lieutenant Wicker will at once enter upon the duty of instructing the officers of the squadron in the army code of signals, and will make requisition upon the chief signal officer Military Division of West Mississippi, for any assistant that he may need, and upon the acting assistant quartermaster and acting ordnance officer, signal corps, Military Division of West Mississippi, for any equipments and stores that may be necessary for the proper discharge of hi duties. Sergeant Rich, Signal Corps, U. S. Army, will report to Lieutenant Wicker for duty.

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By order of Major General E. R. S. Canby:


Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.