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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE SOUTHWEST,

New Orleans, La., July 10, 1865.

Major General GORDON GRANGER,

Commanding District of Texas:

GENERAL: Notify Major-General Steele, commanding on the Rio Grande frontier, that he has authority to decide in all cases of seizure and capture on the Rio Grande, except in the case specified by the Government, and for which he has been directed to make demands and to report replies.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE SOUTHWEST,

New Orleans, La., July 10, 1865.

Major General GORDON GRANGER,

Commanding District of Texas:

GENERAL: Governor Hamilton called to see me while in the city on his way to Texas. He will require an escort to take him to Austin, the capital of the State, and will need a small garrison there. Have the kindness to furnish him with what he may require.

I am, general, very respectfully,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HOUSTON, July 10, 1865.

Major F. W. EMERY,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Galveston:

The Thirtieth Missouri goes to Columbus by rail to-day, and will relieve Twenty-third Iowa, which I will send to Galveston. Expect to-morrow to send Twenty-ninth Illinois to Millican to relieve One hundred and fourteenth Ohio.

C. C. ANDREWS,

Brevet Major-General.

OFFICE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE, DISTRICT OF TEXAS,

Galveston, July 10, 1865.

Major F. W. EMERY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that immediately after my arrival (June 25), in compliance with Special Orders, Numbers 1, I obtained an interview with the Confederate States commissioners to ascertain what property, if any, pertaining to my department they were prepared to turn over. I was informed by Major Von Harten, commissioner, Major Wilke, late chief of ordnance, and other gentlemen connected with the department, that owing to the desertion of the Confederate troops and the pillage and destruction of Government property by them just after the surrender, it was impossible for the property to be regularly transferred as stipulated in the terms of surrender, and that they were unable to collect it or give any information regarding the present locality of the stores. Of the condition of the department at that time You are suffi-