War of the Rebellion: Serial 106 Page 0672 OPERATIONS ON THE PACIFIC COAST. Chapter LXII.

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to give us a plan of construction. Recent instructions to me from Washington make it imperative that these defensive works, at least one, should be commenced as early as is practicable, but I do not wish, unless unavoidable, to break ground without obtaining the opinion and assistance of a military engineer. Trusting that you will be enabled to comply with my request,

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

THOS. O. SELFRIDGE,

Commandant.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

November 14, 1863.

Respectfully referred to Colonel De Russy.

By order of General Wright:

E. SPARROW PURDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

ENGINEER'S OFFICE,

Fort Point, November 18, 1863.

Respectfully returned to General Wright, commanding Department of the Pacific. I am the only officer of Engineers at present in this in my power to comply with Captain Selfridge's request before the beginning of next month, when I will visit Mare Island to offer my services in laying out the earth-works he proposes to construct. I have infomred the commandant of my willingness to comply with the within request.

R. E. DE RUSSY,

Colonel, U. S. Engineers.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

San Francisco, Cal., November 13, 1863.

Captain C. D. DOUGLAS,

Fort Wright, Cal.:

CAPTAIN: The general commanding directs that you use all the means at your disposal to keep the Indians on the reservation, and desires me to caution you not allow any interefenrence, by citizens or your troops, with Indians or squaws in their domestic relations. Respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. SPARROW PURDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

San Francisco, November 13, 1863.

Captain A. W. STARR,

Camp Bidwell, Chico, Cal.:

The general commanding directs that you secure some runaway Indians who are in your neighborhood, if possible, and send them back to the Nome Cult Reservation.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. SPARROW PURDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.