War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0016 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI, Saint Louis, April 17, 1865.

Respectfully transmitted for the information and action of the War Department.

JOHN. POPE,

Major-General.

[Inclosure.]

FORT GIBSON, CHEROKEE NATION, March 31, 1865.

General BUSSEY,

Commanding Fort Smith, Ark.:

SIR: There is under Major Cutler (now absent) and my agency some 5,000 or more loyal refugee Indians, embracing Creeks, Seminoles, Choctaws, and Chickasaws, who are absolutely on the verge of starvation, no supplies having been furnished within the last three weeks, owing in a great measure to the difficulty of transportation, teams hauling during the winter hawing been detained here so long that it is impossible to get them to try the trip again under such circumstances. Would your order that half rations of flour be furnished from the commissary here, to be returned or accounted for by the Indian Department, as you may direct.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ISAAC COLEMAN,

U. S. Indian Agent.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, April 2, 1865.

Major-General DODGE,

Saint Louis:

General Mitchell has not yet arrived to take command of District of North Kansas. Could not General Davies be considered in command until General Mitchell arrives? It makes confusion, there being no district commander.

JOHN WILLANS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Saint Louis, April 2, 1865.

Colonel MORRILL,

Rolla:

What condition is the Thirteenth Missouri Cavalry in? Are they mounted, and how long will it take to concentrate them?

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

HUNTSVILLE, April 2, 1865.

Lieutenant CLARKE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

Say to General Fisk that Bill Stephens and two men robbed Cairo last night. Went south from there. I have ordered some men in pursuit. I sent a dispatch to Lieutenant Hayman notifying him the direction