War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0414 Chapter LX. LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

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CHICAGO, ILL., May 11, 1865.

(Received 2. 30 p. m.)

Captain BELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have received no orders. The sooner I go to Sioux City the better. Telegraph me here.

SULLY,

General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

OFFICE OF CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

New Orleans, La., May 12, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Asst. Adjt. General, Military Division of West Mississippi:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that no information of importance from the enemy's lines has reached this office to-day.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. M. EATON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer, Mil. Div. of West Mississippi.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, May 12, 1865.

A. H. CANERO, Esq.,

City:

SIR: In pursuance of the conversation held with the general-in-chief you are hereby authorized and instructed to proceed forthwith to Matamoras, Mexico, and collect at that place and vicinity all information in regard to the scheme mentioned. If, as you believe, it is still entertained, try to get acquainted with all leading and influential parties in Texas, Mexico, and abroad. The places where most likely a movement would put in scene first, and where it would find its most sanguine supporters and resources, are of interest to learn. Also ascertain with as much accuracy as possible whether the scheme is looked upon by outsiders with any degree of hope or favor, and whether the number of the advocates of the same have increased or not since your departure from T[exas]. If you consider it necessary to get more light on the subject, you may extend your explorations as far as Antonio (not beyond), but such excursions must be of short duration, as early and prompt reports are desirable. You will send these reports through the commanding officer of our forces at Brazos Santiago, with whom you will communicate at an early date.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. JOS. OSTERHAUS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

New Orleans, La., May 12, 1865.

Major General N. P. BANKS,

Commanding Department of the Gulf:

GENERAL: The terms of surrender disqualifies any one in the rebel service west of the Chattahoochee River from serving against the United States until duly exchanged. General Taylor is to collect his