HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Before Spanish Fort, Ala., 1, 1865.
Brigadier General J. McARTHUR,
Commanding First Division:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that Captain Patton, of the Engineer Corps, under direction of Lieutenant Allen, chief engineer, Sixteenth Army Corps, will plant the heavy siege guns in your front this morning. The general directs that you detail 150 men, properly officered, to report with entrenching tools to Captain Potton for such duty as he may direct.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. G. MEAD,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, April 1, 1865.
Colonel W. L. McMILLEN,
Commanding First Brigade:
SIR: You will please furnish from your command a detail of 150 men, properly officered, to report with entrenching tools at these headquarters as soon as possible.
By command of, &c.:
Captain and Aide-de-Camp.
HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Near Spanish Fort, Ala., April 1, 1865.
Colonel G. M. L. JOHNSON,
Thirteenth Indiana Cavalry, Commanding Cavalry Brigade:
COLONEL: You will establish the camp of your brigade at Starke's Landing, and will concentrate at that place as soon as possible all the detachments that are now absent. The camp should be established at least a mile in front (east) of the landing, leaving sufficient room on your right for the remainder of General Knipe's division, and on your left for the command of General Lucas (about 2,500 strong), which may be expected this evening or to-morrow morning. You will cover the front of your lines by pickets so far advanced as to give you timely notice of the approach of any rebel force. In addition to this, you will keep the country between the bay and Perdido River clear of all scouting or raiding parties of the enemy. I inclose a sketch of the country between the Escambia and Mobile Bay and a military map of Alabama and West Florida.
By order of Major General E. R. S. Canby:
C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
CHIEF QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Nashville, Tenn., April 2, 1865.
Brigadier General WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE,
Asst. Adjt. General and Chief of Staff, Nashville, Tenn.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report, for the information of the major-general commanding, the following summary of the operations of