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LEWISBURG, November 8, 1864-9.20 p. m.

Captain C. H. DYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Little Rock:

From what I can gather from our scouts and a prisoner they brought in it seems that on the 25th of October Brooks had a light skirmish at Fayetteville and fight on the 28th. November 3 and 4 Shelby fought the garrison, while Price retreated via Cane Hill. Near the latter place Price burned what he left of his train with the expectation of four wagons loaded with ordnance stores. The enemy have three or five pieces of artillery. McCray, Jackman, Dobbin, and Newton had left for White River.

A. H. RYAN,

Colonel, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF THE FRONTIER, Numbers 186.

Fort Smith, Ark., November 8, 1864

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III. Brigadier General John Edwards, U. S. Volunteer, having reported for duty, is hereby assigned to the command of the First Brigade, Frontier Division, Seventh Army Corps.

By command of Brigadier General J. M. Thayer:

T. J. ANDERSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

TEMPORARY HDQRS. MIL. DIVISION IF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

Vicksburg, Miss., November 8, 1864.

Major General C. C. WASHBURN,

Commanding District of West Tennessee, Memphis, Tenn.:

I am directed by the major-general commanding to acknowledge receipt of your communication of the 4th instant and to say that Major-General Smith's troops and the cavalry division now in Missouri have been ordered* to return to Memphis by the shortest route. A copy of the instructions to Major-General Rosecrans to that effect has already been sent you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. MOREY,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

[November 8, 1864.-For Halleck to Sherman, 11 a. m., in relation to Canby's operations east of the Mississippi, see Vol. XXXIX, Part III, p. 697.]

[November 8, 1864.-For Rosecrans to Thomas, in relation to movement of Smith's command, see Vol. XXXIX, Part III, p. 705.]

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*But see Thomas to Washburn, November 8, Vol. XXXIX, Part III, p. 707.

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