War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0558 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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DEVALL'S BLUFF, ARK., November 14, 1864.

Colonel MATTSON,

Commanding First Brigade, Second Division:

Have 150 men, with sufficient number of commissioned officers, in readiness to proceed on an important scout at short notice, with four days' rations. Company organization preferred. The officer to be in command will report at these headquarters without delay for instructions.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

DEVALL'S BLUFF, ARK., November 14, 1864.

Colonel E. LYNDE,

Commanding Ninth Kansas:

Have your effective force in readiness to move at very short notice, with four days' rations. Report to me immediately what force you can send out.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Buff, Ark., November 14, 1864-9.30 a. m.

Colonel THOMAS H. BENTON, Jr.,

Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry, Little Rock, Ark.:

COLONEL: General Andrews directs that you assume command of the brigade at once, with headquarters temporarily at Little Rock. Move to Pine Bluff when your regiment moves.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEORGE MONROE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Bluff, Ark., November 14, 1864.

OFFICER COMMANDING SCOUT:

You will proceed up White River on steamer Ella at daylight, or as soon thereafter as possible. If the boat can make good time enough to admit of it you will land a few men below Peach Orchard Bluff, to move up, surround that place, and capture any of the enemy that may be at the houses there. This should not delay the troops more than twenty minutes. It is necessary that you reach a point above, one mile and a half below Negro Hill, by 4 or 5 p. m. There 100 of the infantry will be landed, to proceed on during the night to West Point, but before the infantry moves on it will surprise, if possible, any of the enemy at the houses at Negro Hill. As soon as the 100 infantry have disembarked below Negro Hill the boat will push on and move up Little Red River abut a mile and then disembark the cavalry, which, guided by Mr. ---, will scour the country along Little Red, making as good time as possible, ford Little Rock about one mile and a