HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Near Spanish Fort, Ala., April 9, 1865.
Brigadier General E. A. CARR:
I am sorry our men are contending for so small a matter as the possession of guns which the enemy has abandoned. General Canby ordered one of my brigades to take possession of all property in Fort Alexis and Spanish Fort. Perhaps your men are not aware of the order.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, April 9, 1865.
The major-general commanding directs that General Garrard be instructed to place the four 30-pounder Parrott guns, now coming up, in the battery on his extreme left. I fear the 20-pounders have got on the wrong road.
JNO. M. WILSON,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Inspector-General.
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES, Before Blakely, April 9, 1865.
Official copy respectfully furnished General Garrard for his action.
By order of Major-General Steele:
JOHN F. LACEY,
HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, April 9, 1865.
Major General F. STEELE:
The major-general commanding desires you to inform him if there have been any changes in your lines during the night, and whether there are any signs on the part of the enemy to evacuate Blakely. If so, to prevent if possible.
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
GENERAL STEELE'S HEADQUARTERS, April 9, 1865.
Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN:
There are signals of evacuation of Blakely. Two boat loads of troops have gone toward Mobile. The rebels are keeping up a lively firing along their lines now. Tugs and row-boats were observed by the signal officer plying between Batteries Huger and Tracy in the night. I am going to take observations on the lines. I heard a rumor a few moments ago that Spanish Fort was taken.