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there is any unusual or heavy firing on the picket-line of this brigade during the night, the commanding officer of the Eighty-third and One hundred and Fourteenth Ohio Volunteers Twentieth Iowa and Thirty-seventh Illinois Volunteers will move their regiments immediately to the advance line of works in front of their respective commands. Colonel G. W. Clark, commanding Thirty-fourth Iowa Infantry, will hold his regiment ready to march to the support of any part of the line he may be ordered.

BY order of Colonel F. W. Moore:

C. C. MORSE,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Spanish Fort, Ala., April 7, 1865.

Brigadier General W. P. BENTON,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires that you push forward your approaches toward the enemy's works, in concert with Colonel Bretram, as rapidly as possible.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. W. EMERY,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

April 7, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

The commanding officer of Company K, First Indiana Heavy Artillery, has been instructed that if any vessels should pass down the river to-night, giving as a signal three rockets in quick succession, it will be regarded as a friendly signal and they will not be fired into.

By order:

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Ala., April 7, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel J. HOUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to state that the enemy attacked one of our advanced picket-posts last night and captured Corpl. Thomas Strong, Privates John R. Edwards and Samuel Vesser, of Company K, Twenty-sixth Indiana Veteran Infantry. They were, however, driven back without their gaining any further advantage.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. McARTHUR,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.