have arrangements made to receive and store these supplies. I hope you will be able to employ negro teamster enough for the trains, at all events enough to take care of them as they arrive. The teams are being sent by General Allen, I suppose, from Louisville, so that I may not know in time what he has sent with them. I will keep you notified, as far as possible, by telegraph and by letter. This letter and accompanying papers will be handed you be Brigadier-General Duffie, a fine cavalry officer, whom I have directed to report to you for duty.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS &C.,
Devall's Bluff, Ark., April 20, 1865.
Colonel JOHN LEVERING,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Arkansas:
I have this morning started the dispatches for Major-General Thompson, under flag of truce in the hands of my aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Otto W. Parrisen, with an escort of a squadron of cavalry. The boat will go as far up White River as Batesville, if found necessary.
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,
AND U. S. FORCES AT DEVALL'S BLUFF, ARK.,
April 20, 1865.
Captain A. J. STEELE,
Commanding Detachment Ninth Kansas Cavalry:
SIR: You are directed to embark your command on board the steamer Izetta and proceed up White River, and under the direction of Lieutenant O. W. Parrisen, aide-de-camp, escort and protect a flag of truce which he bears with despatches to the commander of rebel troops in Northern Arkansas. Lieutenant Parrisen has full instructions from these headquarters care not to allow your meant to commit any act inconsistent with the nature of this particular service.
By order of Brigadier General A. Shaler:
CHAS. E. HOWE,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, Mo., April 20, 1865. (Received 1,20 p. m.)
Can you ascertain whether the Third Wisconsin Cavalry has left Little Rock? Colonel Blair telegraphs it is not safe to send the Fifteenth Kansas until they arrive; that he will have nothing to protect the border.
G. M. DODGE,