War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0489 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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way north. If you again information of the advance of any considerable force you will send notice of the fact to Lewisburg and Brownsville, and fall back skirmishing and harassing them, and sending daily information to Brownsville to be telegraphed to headquarters District of Little Rock. Some additional information will be imparted to you by the brigadier-general commanding. You will caution your men that much depends on the success of this scout, and insist upon the strictest vigilance, especially from your pickets, so as to prevent knowledge of your approach preceding you.

By order of Brigadier General C. C. Andrews:

GEORGE MONROE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD BRIGADE,

Harper's Farm, eight Miles West of Lewisburg,

November 8, 1864 -3 p. m. (Received 4 p. m.)

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I leave here this morning at 9 o'clock. I have five days' rations. Forage is scarce. No sings of any enemy. There is a report that Fagan and Shelby are returning by way of Batesville. What shall I do when my rations are out?

W. F. GEIGER,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

LEWISBURG, November 8, 1864-6.30 p. m.

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I sent out scout of two men this a. m. up Point Remove Creek. They report some of Shelby's men on the creek ten miles from here, and a rumor that Shelby is to cross the river to-morrow or next day. Not having men enough to ascertain the facts, I send you the rumor. Colonel Geiger is to be at Dardanelle this evening. Heard one gun here about sundown in southwest direction.

A. H. RYAN,

Colonel, Commanding.

LEWISBURG, November 8, 1864.

(Received 8.20 p. m.)

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Scout in report yesterday 400 of the enemy five miles southeast of Clinton; Jackman on Bear Creek, near Wiley's Cove, and rumors of Price in Boston Mountains below Fayetteville. Lieutenant Conley, Third Arkansas, just in, reports Price fighting with Blunt near Fayetteville. Price retreating toward Cane Hill intending to cross the river in the Nation.

A. H. RYAN,

Colonel, Commanding.