War of the Rebellion: Serial 104 Page 0195 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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the necessary orders for its construction. If it should be under fire from the enemy's forts, we can change the location hereafter.

By order of Major General E. R. S. Canby:


Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.-I have called your telegraph operator, in vain, for the last half hour. Please have some one with him in the office to wake him at night when he is wanted.


HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Near Spanish Fort, April 2, 1865.

Brigadier General J. McARTHUR,

Commanding First Division, Sixteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you cause your First Brigade to be in readiness to join General Garrard's division at a moment's notice.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Near Spanish Fort, Ala., April 2, 1865.


Commanding Third Brigadier, First Div., Sixteenth Army Corps:

COLONEL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that if you are ready you will please advance your rifle-pits to-night and connect them with the rifle-pits on your right and left. Artillery fire to-night, regular, but not frequent, will enable you to obtain advantages. In reply to this please state the condition of your line.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CAMP BEFORE BLAKELY, [April 2,] 1865-9.50 p. m.

Brigadier General T. J. LUCAS,

Commanding Cavalry;

GENERAL: The rebels have been largely re-enforced to-day, and I suspect they will make a sortie at daybreak to-morrow. If the infantry of General Garrard or that of Veatch does not arrive sometime to-night, I wish you would come with your command, or send part of it, to support us at the time mentioned. It will not be necessary for you to stay but a short time.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,



SIGNAL STATION, April 2, 1865.

Captain LACEY:

I have discovered the position of the gun-boat and can, if necessary, direct the fire upon the same. I can also see the positions of three of