BATON ROUGE, May 31, 1865.
(Received 10. 20 a. m.)
General B. H. GRIERSON:
No letters form you yet. I can do nothing without the following order from General Canby, which please communicate by telegraph:
The Nineteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry and One hundred and eighteenth Illinois (mounted) Infantry are hereby relieved from their present duties, and will report to Brigadier-General West, commanding Second Division of Cavalry. All officers and men of these two regiments on detached service will be immediately relieved and rejoin their regiments.
J. R. WEST,
HDQRS. CAVALRY FORCES, MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
New Orleans, La., Major 31, 1865.
Brigadier General J. R. WEST,
Baton Rouge, La.:
Fill up the Nineteenth Pennsylvania first. All surplus horses will be needed to mount the cavalry. As the One hundred and eighteenth Illinois are dismounted, leave them out of the calculation, and send me the organization as you desire it without that regiment.
B. H. GRIERSON,
HDQRS. DISTRICT OF NATCHEZ, DEPT. OF MISSISSIPPI,
Major 31, 1865.
I have the honor to report that Lieutenant General J. B. Hood, C. S. Army, with Colonels Graham and Cunningham of his staff, surrendered to me here to-day and were paroled under the terms of General Orders, Numbers 61, Military Division of West Mississippi, current series. General Hood had been ordered some weeks ago to the Trans-Mississippi Department, but the vigilance of the patrols and the gathering up of all means of passage along the line of the river in this district have prevented his crossing.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
J. W. DAVIDSON,
(Same to Colonel C. T. Christensen.)
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, Mo., May 31, 1865. (Received 4. 15 p. m.)
General Dodge reports mixed force of Texans and Indians beating up toward Arkansas River to strike Santa Fe trail. There will be for some time attempts by bands of armed outlaws in the guise of Indians, and probably accompanied by Indians, to rob the trains and coaches on overland routes. I cannot tell about Eighth Illinois Cavalry until I know what troops are coming here and how many in Department of