War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0821 Chapter LX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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officer, if they treat, but I had seen Stanton's order that I had no business treating with Indians; it was my duty to fight them, &c., and get a lasting peace, to show our forces in their country, which I will do as soon as I know Colonel Leavenworth has failed. There is plenty of time to operate in that country, and we are ready to start the moment we hear from them. General Ford has been ere, and I have instructed him fully, giving him instructions You sent me about Connor's operations and peace. I told him if they were willing to give up stock captured, to make a lasting treaty, he could make a formal one for stopping of hostilities until You or I could meet them; but if they did not control their men we would put all our forces on them. They have no respect for these Indian agents or any peace made by them. Possibly they might respect any arrangements General McCook and the committee should make. I do not want to put anything in their way of accomplishing it. We will learn from them in ten days. my letter was written that my views should be known, but that, while hostilities are going on, all overtures for peace or all orders for fight should come through one head, and that the military commander, that there may be entire concert of action.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANS., June 8, 1865.

Major-General POPE:

I desire orders to make the contracts immediately for forage and fuel in Utah. General Connor says it must be done immediately or we shall fail in getting them.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANS., June 8, 1865.

Major-General POPE:

Is all the cavalry that is ordered to You coming discounted! The Second Ohio is reported at Saint Louis dismounted and needing field equipments.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANS., June 8, 1865.

Major-General POPE:

Following dispatch received to- day from General Connor: *

G. M,. DODGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,

June 8, 1865. - 10. 15 p. m.

Major-General DODGE,

Fort Leavenworth:

I do not think the offense of resisting the military in the case of trespassers on Indian reservations a military offense which renders the

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*See June 6, p. 799.

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