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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, April 9, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

The commander of the Indiana battery on your extreme right has been instructed to open fire at full daylight on Batteries Tracy and Huger, and on any rebel gun-boats or transports that may be within reach. The commanding general desires that you send immediately and officer with like instructions in his name to the commander of the battery which commands the river form the other side of Bay Minette. Please acknowledge receipt.

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

FIRST INDIANA BATTERY, [April 9, 1865.]

Colonel HAYS,

General Smith's Headquarters:

I have put eight shots in left of Fort Huger, but no reply form the Johnnies.

J. G. PARKER,

Commanding Battery.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, [April 9, 1865.]

Major-General CANBY:

I have two guns, the Whitworth and one 30-pounder, covering the batteries across Minette Bay. I believe the enemy have withdrawn from the position. Everything is very quiet at Fort Huger. A few shots were fired from a gun-boat stationed above Fort Tracy this evening. Not replied to as it was beyond our range.

A. J. SMITH,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Near Blakely, Ala., April 9, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs that you send a boat party from the boats in Minette Bay to Battery Huger to-night, to ascertain if it has been evacuated. If it has, you will take possession of it, and cause these headquarters to be immediately notified of the fact through you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, April 9, 1865.

Major-General CANBY:

We crossed on the bridge to a point opposite Fort Tracy, and are now embarking on steamers. Another gun has been captured near the bridge. I have ordered the water battery to open on Fort Tracy and vicinity.

A. J. SMITH.