War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0643 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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the department. There remain under General Sully's command, extending from the Iowa line to the mouth of the Yellowstone and from the Missouri River to the James River, one regiment and me battalion of cavalry and six companies of rebel deserters and refugees. This is the whole force Sully has. Sibley has in his district, which extends from the James River to Lake Superior and from the Mississippi to the British Possessions, one regiment and two battalions of cavalry and mounted rangers and four companies of rebel deserters and refugees. He has besides several unattached squads of rebel deserters, which have from time to time been sent to this department. They number about 250 men.

With great respect, general, your obedient servant,

JNO. POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE NORTHWEST, Numbers 192.

Milwaukee, Wis., November 21, 1864.

I. Captain J. G. Telford, assistant adjutant-general, U. S. Volunteers, having reported to the commanding general, in conformity with Special Orders, Numbers 352, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, will report for duty in person without delay to Brigadier General H. H. Sibley, commanding District of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn.

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By command of Major-General Pope:

J. F. MELINE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 411.

Washington, November 22, 1864.

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25. The telegraphic order of the 21st instant from this office, directing Major General W. F. Smith, U. S. Volunteers, to report in person to the Adjutant-General of the Army for orders, is hereby confirmed.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

New Orleans, La., November 22, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Asst. Adjt. General, Mil. Div. of West Miss., New Orleans, La.:

SIR: I have the honor to submit to your consideration a statement of the information received at this office this 22nd day of November, 1864, from the following source, a report from Lieutenant G. G. Curtiss, Baton Rouge, La., November 18:

Deserters from the Fifth Louisiana Cavalry, Colonel Gober, report General Hodge's command much disorganized, more than one-half of