War of the Rebellion: Serial 106 Page 0825 Chapter LXII. CORRESPONDENCE - UNION AND CONFEDERATE.

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a force of about thirty fighting Indians with him from Upper Redwood, Grouse, and Boulder Creeks, with perhaps some from Mad River. It was this party that Lieutenant Geer, First Battalion Mountaineers, California Volunteers, had a fight with about the 29th of February. While this band is abroad they will infest the road between this place and Camp Curtis, making it dangerous to small parties this place and very unsafe for pack trains without a suffidcient escort.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

S. G. WHIPPLE,

Lieutenant Colonel First Battalion Mountaineers, California Vols.,

Commanding Fort Gaston.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF HUMBOLDT,

Fort Humboldt, Cal., April 22, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel R. C. DRUM,

Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Army,

Hdqrs. Department of the Pacific, San Francisco, Cal.:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that I arrived at this post last evening and assumed command of same this a. m.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. M. BLACK,

Colonel Sixth Infantry California Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF HUMBOLDT,

Fort Humboldt, Cal., April 22, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel R. C. DRUM,

Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Army,

Hdqrs. Department of the Pacific, San Francisco, Cal.:

COLONEL: Instructions from department headquarters, of the 2nd instant, directing me to send a company to Camp Wright, withdrawing Captain Douglas and his company to some other station, reached me just on the eve of my departure from camp near Fort Gaston, and I take advantage of this the first opportunity to state for the information of the department commander that it is almost impossibel for me to make the change at this present time without interfering most materially with my plans and operations of the troops in this district. I am working all, or at least trying so to do, to their utmost, and to stop now a part of same would in my opinion be decidedly injurious. I will therefore delay making this change till further orders are received on the subject, with the hope that the department commander will approve of the course taken by me.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. M. BLACK,

Colonel Sixth Infantry California Volunteers, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF UTAH, Numbers 36.

Camp Douglas, Utah Ter., April 23, 1864.

Captain Price's company (M), Second Cavalry California Volunteers, now at Fort Bridger, will take up the lien of march for Camp douglas, Utah Ter., on Monday, May 2, 1864, and on arrival at the latter post Captain Price will report to the commanding officer for duty.

By command of Brigadier-General Connor:

M. G. LEWIS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.