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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF KENTUCKY, Numbers 72.

Louisville, Ky., May 16, 1865.

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5. Lieutenant Colonel A. coats, Sixth U. S. Colored Cavalry is hereby relieved from duty as commandant of the post at Camp nelson and will immediately assume command of his regiment at that post.

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By command of Major General J. M. Palmer:

E. B. HARLAN,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

PADUCAH, KY., May 16, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

By agreement with lieut. General R. Taylor, C. S. Army, Major-General Canby, U. S. Army, has forwarded to Eastport, Miss., to be sent to this place, about 1,000 paroled prisoners belonging to the State of Missouri, I am directed by Major-General Thomas to telegraph you for instructions.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. MEREDITH,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Memphis, Tenn., May 16, 1865.

Colonel O. P. LYLES,

Twenty-third Regiment Arkansas, C. S. Army:

COLONEL: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to say, in reply to your letter of this date, that you and your command can surrender on the same terms that General Lee did to General Grant, or General Taylor to General Canby .

Your obedient servant,

WM. H. MORGAN,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Memphis, Tenn., May 16, 1865.

Captain CLINTON FORT,

Company G, C. S. Army:

Your communication of the 8th instant, with inclosures,has been received. The information which I have received heretofore in regard to you and your company was to the effect that you were guerrillas and acting without authority. This information was in part derived from Confederated sources that ought to know. The papers you inclose indicate that up to March you had some show of authority for being in this neighborhood. How far you have violated the rules of civilized warfare, I am to able to say. Perhaps not at all. If so, injustice has been done you. I infer from your letter that you and your men wish too be treated like the troops of General Taylor, and be paroled and allowed to go home. The only objection to this is that you are charged with