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of them. A road eventually will doubtless be found direct from Fort Laramie to Virginia City, but as yet the route I have described is the proper one for the troops to take. It is the route the emigrants use in reaching Montana. No emigrants, or a very few, take the route proposed by Captain J. L. Fisk, of Minnesota, as set forth in the Washington Morning Chronicle of 1st of June. His route is one on which to fight the Indians, as General Sully found out last summer, but the main body of the emigration will continue to go to Montana by the old emigrant road, via Fort Laramie and the South Pass.

I am, with highest respect, Your obedient servant,

BENJ. Alford,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.

[JUNE 15, 1865. - For General Orders, Numbers 113, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, relating to sale of unserviceable quartermaster's property, see Vol. XLVI, Part III, p. 1279.]

[JUNE 15, 1865. - For General Orders, Numbers 114. War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, granting permission to soldiers to retain their knapsacks, haversacks, and canteens, see Vol. XLVI, Part III, p. 1279.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Washington, June 15, 1865 - 9 a. m.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,

New Orleans:

The Fourth Army Corps is under orders for Texas and the orders will not be changed.

JOHN A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

WASHINGTON, June 15, 1865 - 1. 30 p. m.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

New Orleans, La.:

Demand of the commander of French forces at Matamoras the delivery to an officer of the Government of the United States the return of all arms and other munitions of war taken to Matamoras by the rebels or obtained from them since the date of the surrender of Kirby Smith. You need not proceed to hostilities to obtain them, but report the reply received for further instructions.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE SOUTHWEST, Numbers 10.

New Orleans, La., June 15, 1865,

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3. Captain C. H. Dyer, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, having reported to the major-general commanding, in compliance with Special Orders, Numbers 159, headquarters Department of the Gulf, June 15, 1865,