War of the Rebellion: Serial 106 Page 0416 OPERATIONS ON THE PACIFIC COAST. Chapter LXII.

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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF OREGON,

Fort Vancouver, Wash. Ter., April 29, 1863.

Captain W. B. HUGHES,

Assistant Quartermaster, Fort Dalles, Oreg.:

CAPTAIN: The general commanding the district directs that you will take with your expedition the means of crossing streams. You will have to choose between those means on hand at Fort Walla Valla and those at Fort Dalles. Colonel Maury, under date of 22nd of April, reports that there are on hand at Fort Walla Walla no Buchanan boats or apparatus for crossing streams which can be carried on pack-mules. The general directs that you take such apparatus int he wagons from Fort Dalles to be turned over to Colonel Maury at Fort Boise. if they or the other apparatus require repairs you are authorized to have them made.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FREDERICK MEARS,

First Lieutenant, Ninth Infantry, U. S. Army, Actg. Asst. Adjt. General

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF OREGON,

Fort Vancouver, Wash. Ter., April 29, 1863.

Captain W. B. HUGHES,

Assistant Quartermaster:

(Through Bvt. Major P. Lugenbeel, Ninth Infantry, commanding expedition to Fort Boise.)

CAPTAIN: in making your arrangements for subsistence, transportation, &c., for the outfit for Fort Boise, the general commanding the district desires you to predicate your arrangements upon the supposition that Major Lugenbell will leave with four companies of infantry; that on Colonel Maury's command of three companies of cavalry reaching Fort Boise he will be joined by two companies on an expedition eastward from Fort Boise against the Snake Indians. Captain Crawford informed me that his party would reach the crossing of Snake River above Fort Hall from the 10th to the 20th of August with the head of the emigration from the States. Colonel Maury will be instructed to endeavor to meet Captain Crawford at that crossing.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FREDERICK MEARS,

First Lieutenant, Ninth Infantry, U. S. Army, Actg. Asst. Adjt. General

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

San Francisco, April 30, 1863.

Brigadier General L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of two communication from Major-General Halleck, dated respectively on the 29th and 31st of March. A copy of the first has been sent to Brigadier-General Connor, commanding the District of Utah. The information conveyed in the second eltter of the General-in-Chief that an iron-clad vessel is already on its way to this coast will procure the most happy effect in allaying the apprehensions which have for some time past existed in the public mind in regard to the defenses of San Francisco.

At this moment everything is quiet on the Overland Mail Route and also in the Territory of Utah; but I shall not be lulled into a false