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HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

Mobile, Ala., April 15, 1865.

Rear-Admiral H. K. THATCHER,

Commanding West Gulf Squadron, Mobile Harbor:

By direction of the general-in-chief I have the honor to send you under guard two sailors, Frank Richmond and Mark Requesine, who were employed until lately in laying down torpedoes, mainly in the vicinity of Spanish Fort. They can probably be of some use to you by removing these obstructions.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. J. OSTERHAUS,

Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

Mobile, Ala., April 15, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel C. G. SAWTELLE,

Chief Quartermaster Military Division of West Mississippi:

COLONEL: Please order two of the very best pilots, who are well acquainted with the Alabama and Mobile Rivers and for some distance up the Tombigbee River, to report with as little delay as possible to Commodore Palmer, aboard steamer Glasgow, at the foot of Saint Francis street. The movements of army transports in the Alabama River depend on the early compliance with this order.

Yours, respectfully,

P. J. OSTERHAUS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

Mobile, Ala., April 15, 1865.

THOMAS W. CONWAY, Esq.,

Superintendent Freedmen's Bureau, New Orleans, La.:

SIR: By direction of the general-in-chief you will please find and order to this place a suitable officer to take charge of the freedmen of Mobile and vicinity. No officer is to be selected who is at present connected with the recruiting department and whose services could not be well spared. You will please give the execution of this order the promptest attention. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

P. J. OSTERHAUS,

Chief of Staff.

MOBILE, ALA., April 15, 1865.

Lieutenant-Colonel CHRISTENSEN,

Asst. Adjt. General, Military Division of West Mississippi:

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that communication has been opened with Blakely; will soon, I think, work to Spanish Fort.

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

C. B. SMITH,

Telegraph Operator.