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HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

April 6, 1865.

Major General F. STEELE:

A battery of 30-pounders crossed the pontoon bridge ar 2.30 to your right. If any gun-boat attempts to enfilade General Garrard's left, we will make it very hot for her. A little bit of a 100-pounder Parrott will be in position by daylight to take care of that.

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

April 6, 1865.

Major-General STEELE:

All supply trains to and from your command and General Veatch's division must go way of Cyrus and Origen Sibley's Mills, and not over the bridge required for the artillery. be pleased to establish the necessary guards to secure observance of this order. General Bailey will be instructed to notify officers in charge of trains accordingly.

By order:

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS OF GENERAL STEELE,

April 6, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The steamer magnolia is now going from Blakely to Mobile loaded with troops.

F. STEELE.

HEADQUARTERS OF GENERAL STEELE,

April 6, 1865.

Major General P. J. OSTERHAUS,

Chief of Staff:

Two steam-boat pilots from Selma came into our line this evening. They came down the river in small boats, and have been rowing about the bay. They say the rebels are building a bridge out from Spanish Fort, &c. They appear to be well informed in regard to the bay and rivers. Shall I send them to you? They report Dick Taylor in Mobile. Wilson's cavalry ran over Forrest, who escaped, with this escort. His forces of not amount to over 8,000, and are scattered over a space of 200 miles, &c.

F. STEELE,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

April 6, 1865.

Major-General STEELE:

Please send the two Selma pilots down here by daylight to-morrow morning. Communications will, as heretofore, be addressed to the