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of the Indian troops serving in this department. The major- general commanding directs me to state that the selection of officers for the new organizations should be made with care and discrimination, having in view their peculiar fitness, and, if possible, experience with Indian troops. The selection when made will be submitted by you to these headquarters for approval of the major- general commanding. All officers now serving with these regiments will be deemed entitled to remain in service unless the public interest will be promoted by mustering out any officer or officers you may designate. in this event they may be mustered out at once upon your order. Officers selected for service may be place temporarily on duty until the action of the War Department can be had upon recommendations for promotions.

Very respectfully,

JOHN LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,

May 1, 1865- 11. 50 a. m.

General DOGE:

Did you receive the dispatch I sent you Saturday, concerning Colonel Leavenworth, from the Secretary of War!

JOHN POPE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, Mo., May 1, 1865- 4. 20 p. m.

Major- General POPE:

Yes; and immediately ordered General Ford to move. He is all ready and will move on receipt of dispatch.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, Mo., May 1, 1865. (Received 11. 20. a. m.)

Major- General POPE:

Colonel Ford reports that Indians stole all of Colonel Leavenworth's stock; also some belonging to stage company.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, May 1, 1865- 1. 30 p. m.

Major-General DODGE:

Dispatch received. have received from Detroit 495 ponies. Sent to Generl Connor 316; General Ford, 100, leaving on hand, unserviceable, 79. The expedition to Niobrara left yesterday. Men, horse, rations, mules, howitzers, complete, on one boat chartered for that purpose.

J. A. POTTER,

Colonel and Quartermaster.