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sixth is willing to take the oath of he can do no better. There is no doubt that they are really deserters, and, as many cases of the kind are likely to arise, I respectfully request instructions on the subject.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHESTER HARDING, JR.,

Colonel, Commanding District.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, April 27, 1865 - 10. 30 a. m.

Brigadier-General MITCHELL,

Fort Leavenworth:

The precautions specified in Special Orders, Numbers 109, in relation to Leavenworth will be carried into effect.

J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. POST OF FORT LEAVENWORTH, Numbers 81.

April 27, 1865.

I. In accordance with paragraph 10, Special Orders, Numbers 97, current series, headquarters Department of the Missouri, and in obedience to Special Orders, Numbers 78, headquarters District of North Kansas, I hereby assume command of the post of Fort Leavenworth. All orders heretofore promulgated will remain in force until further orders.

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By order of Lieutenant-Colonel Heinrichs:

J. G. DODGE,

Lieutenant and Post Adjutant.

DENVER, April 27, 1865.

General G. M. DODGE:

Previous to my taking command there was plenty of transportation, because citizens' goods were thrown out on the road as their teams passed. I required 100 wagons to load with corn at Omaha or Atchison for Laramie. The constant movements of troops to keep the Indians north of the road keeps my transportation occupied. I ask your permission to move my headquarters to Julesburg for a few months.

P. E. CONNOR,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, April 27, 1865 - 11. 25 p. m.

Brigadier Geb. P. E. CONNOR,

Denver:

By May 12 have an escort organized at Fort Kearny, under a reliable, competent officer, of fifty men, one-third cavalry, to accompany J. T. Evans, division engineer, Union Pacific Railroad, in his surveys. Give instructions to them to protect his party and render all aid desired to have him accomplish his work. Also give orders to furnish the party supplies at any of our posts. Answer.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.