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HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

AND U. S. FORCES AT DEVALL'S BLUFF, ARK.,

May 15, 1865.

Colonel JOHN LEVERING,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Arkansas:

SIR: I have the honor to inclose herewith a communication from Captain M. V. Raibon, commanding detached company, and also one from Captain D. M. Burns, commanding Company G, Crandall's regiment, McCray's brigade rebel troops, received this p. m. by flag of truce at our picket-line, and a copy of my reply.

Very respectfully, yours,

ALEXANDER SHALER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure No. 1.]

IN CAMP, May 14, 1865.

General SHALER,

Commanding at Devall's Bluff, Ark.:

DEAR SIR: I have been ordered by my commander to remain quiet and not interrupt the enemy (the Federals) in any way. I am obeying orders, and expect to with the strictest fidelity, and would be glad if you would inform me whether I will be molested or not by the Federal authorities. It has been my constant business and duty to suppress jayhawking and to attend to all lawless strollers through the garb of soldiers, which business I have endeavored to execute, and which duty I have endeavored to discharge to the best of my ability. I would furthermore ask a personal interview with you, and an assurance of safety and protection in it, at any time you appoint for me to come in. I claim to be acting under regular Confederate authority, and wish to do nothing contrary to the terms of agreement that now or may exist between the rebel and Federal authorities.

Hoping an answer from you, I remain, yours respectfully,

M. V. RAIBON,

Captain, Commanding Detached Company.

[Inclosure Numbers 2.]

MAY 14, 1865.

General SHALER,

Commanding:

I am ordered to cease all hostilities until further orders, and I will be governed by the instructions sent Captain Raibon. I wish to know whether me and my men can remain at home unmolested.

D. M. BURNS,

Captain, Commanding Company G, Crandall's Regiment. McCray's Brigade.

[Inclosure Numbers 3.]

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY CORPS,

AND U. S. FORCES AT DEVALL'S BLUFF, ARK.,

May 15, 1865.

Captain M. V. RAIBON,

Commanding Detached Company in Arms against the Federal Authority:

SIR: I am directed by Brigadier-General Shaler to say in answer to your communication of this date that Brigadier General M. Jeff. Thompson, commanding the rebel troops in the northern part of Arkansas, has