War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0616 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HEADQUARTERS NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Mouth of White River, November 19, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I forward papers* referring to trade on the Mississippi and its tributaries. It appeared to me that the actual state of affairs in this vicinity demanded that the communication to Major-General Halleck should be made.

Have not one word official from General Steele since the 11th, except an indorsement on a "cotton paper" of the 15th. Persons from Devall's Bluff and Little Rock represent everything quiet. I inclose copies of telegram from General Halleck to General Washburn, November 9+; also copy of letter from General Dana to me.++

Unless unexpected news from Arkansas should be received to-day, I will take steps immediately to send re-enforcements to General Washburn at Memphis, of which due reports will be made.

Very respectfully, yours, &c.,

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 22.

Mouth of White River, Ark., November 19, 1864.

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2. The Twenty-third Wisconsin Volunteers, now at Helena, Ark., will proceed without delay to Memphis, Tenn., and be reported to the commanding officer at that place. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

3. The Twenty-eighth Illinois Volunteers will proceed without delay to Memphis, Tenn., and be reported to the commanding officer at that place. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

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7. Commanding officer Second Brigade, Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, will proceed without delay with that brigade to Memphis, Tenn., and be reported to the commanding officer at that place. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

By command of Major General J. J. Reynolds:

S. C. FARRINGTON,

Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Devall's Bluff, Ark., November 19, 1864.

Colonel BENJAMIN DORNBLASER,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: You will please cause to be detailed from your command three commissioned officers and sixty enlisted men to guard steamers from this point to Little Rock, to report on board steamers Tempest,

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*See Reynolds to Halleck, with inclosures, p. 613.

+See p. 536.

++See November 17, p. 596.

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