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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, Little Rock, Ark., April 2, 1865-1. 15 p. m.

Colonel RYAN,

Commanding, Lewisburg:

The steamer Randolph will probably leave here to-night or early to-morrow. She is loaded with private and public freight. The captain will report to you for instruction or advice as to safety of the river above you.

By command of Major General J. J. Reynolds:

JOHN LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, Little Rock, Ark., April 2, 1865-1. 15 p. m.

Brigadier-General BUSSEY,

Commanding Fort Smith:

Colonel Ryan reports at noon to-day that he thinks the river perfectly safe for boats. You had as well start one if ready, reporting time of leaving to Colonel Ryan, at Lewisburg, and to these headquarters.

By command of Major-General Reynolds:

JOHN LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS, Fort Smith, Ark., April 2, 1865.

Colonel JOHN LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Arkansas:

The boats that return to Little Rock should be loaded heavily with commissary stores and returned here on the high water. Sales of subsistence stores were made to over 4,000 persons at Fort Gibson for the ten days ending March 31, and 5,000 more reported by the Indian agent and brigade commander in a starving condition. The suffering of the people is very great. Fort Gibson will require a large amount of stores if those who are starving are fed. Send all the supplies you can and I will relieve the suffering as far as possible.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CYRUS BUSSEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, Little Rock, April 5, 1865.

Respectfully forwarded through headquarters Military Division of the Missouri for information of the War Department, inviting attention to inclosed copy of ammunition from U. S. Indian agent at Fort Gibson.

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General, Commanding.