War of the Rebellion: Serial 106 Page 1002 OPERATIONS ON THE PACIFIC COAST. Chapter LXII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

Oakland, October 5, 1864.

Brigadier General GEORGE WRIGHT,

Commanding District of California, Sacramento:

It is reported to me by Mr. A. T. Lawton and William T. Coleman that a serious riot is threatened to-night or to-morrow in Virginia City. I am not informed as to the nature or cause of the anticipated riot, but wish, whatever may be the cause, you would take such measures as may be in your power to aid the constituted authorities to suppress it. Telegraph to Fort Churchill and Governor Nye and let me know what is done. I leave for Sacramento to-morrow evening.

IRVIN McDOWELL,

Major-General, Commanding Department.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

Oakland, October 5, 1864.

Major McDERMIT,

Commanding Fort Churchill:

It is reported to me by Mr. A. T. Lawton and William T. Coleman that a serious riot is threatened to-morrow at Virginia City. Hold your command in readiness to march to that place at a moment's notice, or march there at once if you know yourself of any necessity requiring your presence. General Wright and Governor Nye may call on you immediately. If either does, do what you can to aid the civil authorities to maintain order.

IRVIN McDOWELL,

Major-General, Commanding Department.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC,

Oakland, October 5, 1864.

His Excellency Governor NYE,

Carson City, Nev. Ter.:

It is reported to me by Mr. Lawton and William T. Coleman that a serious riot is threatened to-night or to-morrow at Virginia City. I am not informed as to the cause, but have telegraphed General Wright and Major McDermit to render all assistance in their power to the constituted authorities to suppress it. Call on them for what you want that they can give.

IRVIN McDOWELL,

Major-General, Commanding Department.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF HUMBOLDT, Numbers 49.

Fort Humboldt, Cal., October 5, 1864.

I. Captain George W. Ousley, First Battalion Mountaineers, California volunteers, commanding Company B, will proceed with his company (except Lieutenant Hale and twenty enlisted men, who will remain at Camp Anderson) to and take post at Camp Curtis. Lieutenant William I. Reed, acting assistant quartermaster at Fort Humboldt, will furnish the necessary transportation.

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By order of Lieutenant-Colonel Whipple:

A. W. HANNA,

First Lieutenant and Adjt. First Batt. Mountaineers, Cal. Vols.,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.