War of the Rebellion: Serial 106 Page 0617 Chapter LXII. CORRESPONDENCE - UNION AND CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ARIZONA, Hart's Mill, Tex., September 11, 1863.

Mr. REUBEN W. CREEL,

Chihuahua:

DEAR SIR: This section of country has always been prolific of rumors. Now we hare one that a band of guerrillas under Baylor will pay us a visit ere long. With you, I doubt any organized movement will be made assistant us in force, but the desperate state of affairs in Texas may prompt such a party as is now rumored to try a stealing raid out of sheer necessity for existence. It will be well for you to be on the alert in the direction of San Antonio. I send you the only late news-paper I could lay me hands on. The fall of Charleston at an early day is confidently looked for. Our relations with France appear critical.

I am, sir, with much respect, your obedient servant,

J. R. WEST,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ARIZONA, Hart's Mill, Tex., September 11, 1863.

Captain A. H. FRENCH,

First Cavalry California Vols., Commanding Camp on the Miembres:

CAPTAIN: The greatest watchfulness is required on your part to protect your camp against surprise. The Navajo Indians are reported as being driven south by Colonel Carson's active operations. These Indians sometimes make night attacks. Be on your guard against this, and keep your men and animals close to camp during the day. I have received your private letter of the 7th instant. For the information contained therein please accept my thanks.

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

J. R. WEST,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ARIZONA, Hart's Mill, Tex., September 11, 1863.

Captain T. T. TIDBALL,

Fifth Infantry California Volunteers, Commanding Fort Bowie:

CAPTAIN: The Navajo Indians are reported as coming in our direction, being driven south by the active operations of Colonel Carson in their own country. It behooves you to be opn the alert, particularly against a night attack, which these Indians sometimes make. Be cautious about making the movement suggested in my letter to you of the 9th instant toward the rancheria north of your post.

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

J. R. WEST,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

CAMP BABBITT, Visalia, Cal., September 13, 1863.

Colonel R. C. DRUM,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of the Pacific, San Francisco, Cal.:

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 9th in reference to reported attacks of Indians upon the