them quarters in the old camps here, but I do not conceive that I have authority to issue rations to them, since they do not seem to come properly under the head of refugees and freedmen. I respectfully request that immediate instructions be given me on this point. It is hardly possible for many of these people to get along without assistance from some source. The depth of water in Alexandria is from four to eight feet, and the whole country in its rear is, or will be, flooded. Many of the people, both from the town and country, are crossing to this side.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF MISSISSIPPI,
Vicksburg, Miss., June 1, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Mil. Div. of West Mississippi, New Orleans:
I have designated the following regiments of colored infantry for field service as ordered by telegraph on the 29th of May, viz: Fifty-second, Fifty-third, Fifty-eighth, Sixty-sixth, and Seventieth. This will leave in this department the following troops: At Vicksburg, Fifth U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery, Forty-ninth U. S. Colored Infantry, five companies; two companies colored light artillery (dismounted); at Yazoo City, five companies Forty-ninth U. S. Colored Infantry; at Davis' Bend, Sixty-fourth U. S. Colored Infantry (Freedmen's regiment); at Natchez, Sixth U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery, Eighth New Hampshire Veteran Battalion, Eighth Ohio Battery, Twenty-sixth Ohio Battery; at Jackson, Fifty-eighth Ohio Veteran Battalion, Seventh Ohio Battery (armed as infantry). The Ninth Indiana Cavalry are distributed between Vicksburg, Rodney, and Jackson, and Company L, Second Illinois Light Artillery, are on duty at these headquarters.
G. K. WARREN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
Washington, June 1, 1865-10 a. m.
Major General J. J. REYNOLDS,
Little Rock, Ark.:
Troops will be sent to you from Sherman's army as soon as they can be paid, to enable you to carry out the order for mustering out troops. Have rolls prepared, as far as practicable, so there shall be no delay.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS,
Little Rock, Ark., June 1, 1865.
Saint Charles, Ark.:
Orders have been issued for Battery B, Second Missouri Light Artillery, to proceed to Saint Louis. Please have them in readiness when order arrives.