War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 1132 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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of the four brigaded commanders with me on that expedition is ow present, nor have I seen one of them or had any report whatever of the part taken by brigades or regiments. My division will soon be reorganized, when I trust to be able to make my report. To have done this before now or at this time would, necessarily do injustice to the troops I had the honor to command. Just as soon as I can prepare myself with reports from my regimental and brigade commanders, I shall without delay and with great pleasure forward my official report.

Regretting, major, that I have not been able to do so before this, I am, very respectfully,your obedient servant,

J. F. FAGAN,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS CHURCHILL'S DIVISION. Numbers 157.

Camp Lee, December 28, 1864.

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VI. Major Blocher, commanding artillery battalion, will have one battery fully prepared for service in readiness to march on the 30th instant, in addition to the fifty men ordered by paragraph III, Special Orders 156, from these headquarters. Major Blocher will send at once to his herd for the number of horses required for this battery.

By command of Major-General Churchill:

C. E. KIDDER,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS.

HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT. Numbers 322.

Shreveport, La., December 29, 1864

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XV. Colonel Martin's regiment Texas cavalry will report to Brigadier General H. E. McCulloch for temporary duty.

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By command of General E. Kirby Smith:

S. S. ANDERSON.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS.

HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT. Numbers 100.

Shreveport, La., December 29, 1864.

I. At a court of inquiry convened at Camden, Ark., by virtue of Special Orders, Numbers 142, paragraph IV, June 7, 1864, department headquarters to examine into, report upon, and express their opinion as to the merits of a charge against Brigadier General Dandridge McRae, Provisional Army, C. S., of misbehavior before the enemy at the attack upon Helena, Ark., July 4, 1863, the following conclusion was arrived at by the court:

FINDING AND OPINION OF THE COURT.

The testimony being before the court, with the statement of Brigadier-General McRae, and the court being cleared for deliberation, and having duly considered the testimony of all the witnesses, together with