War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0284 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-B MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,

May 1, 1865.

Major-General REYNOLDS, Little Rock:

General McCook has been relieved at Helena by authority of War Department to accompany to the plains Congressional committee to investigate Indian affairs. You best know whether the officer next in rank is fit for command at Helena.

JUNumbers POPE,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, Numbers 104.

Little Rock, Ark., May 1, 1865.

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6. Major James A. Phillips, First Indian Home Guard, is relieved from duty as acting assistant inspector- general at post of Fort Smith and will report in person to Major- General Blunt, commanding District of South Kansas, at Fort Gibson, for orders. The duties of this office will devolve upon Captain Frank Strong, Company L, First Arkansas Cavalry, acting assistant inspector- general of Third Division, Seventh Army Corps.

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8. Brigadier General John Edwards, U. S . Volunteers, is relieved from duty at Fort Smith, Ark., and will report in person at these headquarters for orders.

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By command of Major G en. J. J. Reynolds:

JOHN LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

Fort Smith, Ark., May 1, 1865.

Colonel W. A. PHILLIPS, Commanding Third Brigade:

I forwarded the subpoenas to witnesses in cases of Wattles and Crafts, but the distance is so great that I do not believe they will be able to get here. If the cases can be tried without them it should be done. I have no news of importance. A Saint Louis paper of the 24th which I saw states that "General Blunt passed through the city a day or two since on his way, but I cannot believe he is coming here. General Reynolds has Major-General McCook in command at Helena with one regiment, and I have no doubt he knows Blunt too well to send him here. The same paper has a dispatch that Kirby Smith's army is disbanding. Jeff. Davis is understood to have crossed the Mississippi River and gone into Texas, &c.

Respectfully,

CYRUS BUSSEY,

Brigadier- General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS,

Little Rock, Ark., May 1, 1865.

Major General J. G. BLUNT,

Commanding District of South Kansas:

GENERAL: In accordance with paragraph 11, Special Orders, Numbers 103, current series, from these headquarters, you are charged with the reorganization