War of the Rebellion: Serial 106 Page 1085 Chapter LXII. CORRESPONDENCE - UNION AND CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC.

San Francisco, December 5, 1864.

J. B. CROCKETT, Esq., and others,

San Francisco, Cal.:

GENTLEMEN: Your petition requesting that a military force be sent to the Owen's River Valley for the purpose of protecting the lives and property of citizens having been submitted to the general commanding, I am instructed to informk you that an officer has been sent with the Indian agent to the country referred to instructed to examine and report upon the condition of affairs, and should he report a force necessary, one will be sent, if possible, this winter.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. C. DRUM.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PACIFIC.

San Francisco, December 7, 1864.

Brigadier General GEORGE WRIGHT, U. S. Volunteers,

Commanding District of California:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires you to instruct Major McDermit, Second California Volunteer Cavalry, commanding Fort Churchill, to send a company of Nevada Territory infantry to reoccupy Camp Independence, on Owen's River, with directions to remain there until further orders. The supplies for this place will be obtained from either Fort Churchill or Camp Nye. The officer sent in command will be instructed to protect the settlers in and contiguous to Owen's River Valley, and at the same time to restrain the whites from attacking innocent Indians.

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

R. C. DRUM.

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS, DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA,

Sacramento, December 7, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel R. C. DRUM,

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

COLONEL: I have ordered Major McDermit to detach a company of infantry from Fort Churchill to take post at Bishop's Creek, in the valley of Owen's River, with supplies for the winter.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. WRIGHT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS, DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA,

Sacramento, December 7, 1864.

Major C. McDERMIT,

Second California Cavalry, Commanding Fort Churchill, Nev. Ter.:

MAJOR: The general commanding directs that you send one company of Nevada infantry as soon as Captain Hassett has returned with his