them to stay in this country, and therefore leave their homes at present. They are more encouraged since my arrival to go to work on their farms. Even some families that have left are returning again. I think that I can keep the Indians all right; even, if necessary, organize some of them for my assistance. This point here is not the proper place. I shall go twelve miles farther down the Walnut Creek and make station at El Dorado, which is about two miles from the Indian Reserve. There I have a better opportunity for scouting and getting information. If I shall remain here, please send me orders without delay and twenty day's rations and forage for twenty-two men. I shall start to-morrow morning for the Indian line. The distance from here to Riley is 115 miles, the nearest military points.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
First Lieutenant Company D, 2nd Colorado Cav. Vols., Commanding Detach.
P. S. - The Indians that General Ford attempted to fight are retreating to this part of the country, as some have got here already. They are scared. I think they will make a treaty. This I hear from a man just returned from Little Arkansas.
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, April 17, 1865-4,40 p. m.
Major-General CURTIS, Milwaukee:
Please direct General Sully to have one company of cavalry in readiness at Sioux City, or such other point as may by designated, to act as escort to working party on wagon road by way of north side of Black Hills to Idaho and Montana. This road was appropriated for by Congress at its last session. Company should be ready by May 10.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE NORTHWEST, Numbers 67. Milwaukee, Wis., April 17, 1865.
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V. Brigadier General T. a. Davies, U. S. Volunteers, having reported in accordance with special orders from headquarters Military Division of the Missouri, is hereby assigned to the command of the District of Wisconsin, with headquarters at Madison, Wis.
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By command of Major-General Curtis:
C. S. CHARLOT,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
OFFICE OF CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,
New Orleans, La., April 18, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Military Division of West Mississippi:
COLONEL: I have the honor to submit to you consideration the following report of information received at this office this 18th day of April, 1865: Major Webster telegraphs from Pass Manchac that Colonel