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HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

March 30, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

Eight o'clock to-morrow morning will be the hour, unless the enemy opens heavily upon you, when you will reply at once. I will arrange with the admiral to open at the same hour. Please try and have the other two mortars open at the same hour. Please answer.

E. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

March 30, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

The commanding general directs me to transmit the following dispatch, received from the signal officer on your extreme right, and to call your special attention to the latter portion:

I learn on inquiry that Lieutenant Higbie was in error reporting that either of the batteries in this locality have fired. No guns have been fired from any of the batteries. The shots fired from Battery Huger passed from one-quarter to one-half mile to the right as yesterday. No shots have been fired in this direction. I have still to report that many of the men on the batteries expose themselves to view in a needless manner. The boats are in the same position as yesterday.

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

March 30, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps:

Please send all your spare wagons down to Starke's Landing to haul up supplies for Steele.

E. R. S. CANBY,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS, &C.,

March 30, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps:

The battery belonging to General Veatch's division will remain in position while he goes out in charge of the supply train to General Steele. Please to order General Garrard to send a battery to General Veatch. He is now encamped near the reserve.

By order of Major-General Canby:

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Ala., March 30, 1865.

Colonel W. R. MARSHALL,

Commanding Third Brigade:

COLONEL: The general commanding division directs that you withdraw your command from its present position, except the skirmishers