War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0501 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Natchez, Miss., November 9, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel CHRISTENSEN:

General Dana sends me information that the enemy are concentrating a large force at Brookhaven and Fayette for a crushing blow upon Natchez, learning that I have but few troops, mostly colored, which is the fact - about 1,600 in all, this side the river. I want one or two good regiments of white infantry and 500 cavalry.

M. BRAYMAN,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Numbers 311.

Saint Louis, Mo., November 9, 1864.

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5. The detachment of men belonging to Colonel Winslow's cavalry brigade, of the Right Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps, now in this city, in charge of Sergt. R. K. Miller, Company D, Fourth Iowa Cavalry, will take post at Benton Barracks, Mo., until the division to which they properly belong arrives at this post.

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7. That portion of the Forty-fourth Missouri Volunteers which has arrived in this city en route for Paducah, Ky., in compliance with Special Orders, Numbers 308, current series, from these headquarters, will report to the commanding officer post of Saint Louis, for temporary duty, until such time as the remaining companies of the regiment shall have been concentrated at this point.

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By command of Major-General Rosecrans:

FRANK ENO,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

FRANKLIN, MO., November 9, 1864.

General EWING:

The bridge at the first crossing of the Meramec River is completed. I move my command to the second crossing on the train at 11 o'clock to-morrow.

SAML. G. KNEE,

Captain, Commanding.

LEBANON, November 9, 1864.

Captain W. T. KITTREDGE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The rebels hung one Union man six miles from here day before yesterday; it is supposed they have hung more. Something must be done with the Enrolled Missouri Militia, they are almost naked and [I] have no authority to issue clothing to them.

JOHN COSGROVE,

Major, Commanding Post.