SPANISH FORT, [April 12,] 1865.
It is one of our gun-boats form our fleet near Mobile. One of our navy dispatch boats was just blown up by a torpedo off Fort Huger. The transport Lockwood went up to Blakely.
C. F. M. DENICKE,
Acting Signal Officer.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, OFFICE OF CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, New Orleans, La., April 12, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN.
Asst. Adjt. General, Military Division of West Mississippi:
COLONEL: I have the honor to submit to your consideration the following report of information received at this office this 12th day of April, 1865: Captain B. Hudnall, Twenty-fourth Mississippi Cavalry, Moorman's battalion, gives the following roster of the companies of that regiment: Regiment commanded by Captain E. A. Miller. Captain John Wilkinson, Company C; Captain Thomas J. Hargrave, Company D; Captain James P. Beesley, Company E; Captain Joseph W. Devenport, Company F. The regiment numbers 200 men. It belongs to Adams's brigade, which includes Mabry's and Wood's (Mississippi) regiments. It has been detached from the brigade until very lately. They are now with Forrest. Captain Hudnall confirms the report that 200 of Ross' (Texas) brigade deserted in a body, leaving only 400 in the brigade. It was reported that Buckner had captured most of them. Forrest's entire effective force is not much over 6,000. The rendezvous for conscripts for the Military District of Mississippi, including Claiborne, Copiah, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Lawrence, Covington, Marion, Pike, Amite, and Wilkinson Counties, is at Brook haven. The headquarters for the conscript bureau for the State is at Enterprise. Negroes are beginning to arrive at the conscript camps. M. V. Cook, late telegraph operator at Amite Station, states that on the 4th instant having dispatches for Forrest, he inquires for him and received orders to send them to Selma. Forrest was supposed to be somewhere between that place and Montgomery.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. M. JACKSON,
Major, Tenth U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery.
(In absence of Captain S. M. Eaton, chief signal officer, Military Division of West Mississippi.)
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS ARMY AND DIVISION FIELD ORDERS,
OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 19.
April 12, 1865.
I. All battle-flags captured in the engagement at Spanish Fort and Blakely, or in the expedition from Pensacola to the latter place, will be carefully collected and turned over to these headquarters. Commanding officers are also required to furnish an accurate account of all the trophies already turned in, stating how, when, and by what commands