War of the Rebellion: Serial 109 Page 0134 SW. VA., KY., TENN., MISS., ALA., W. FLA., &. N. GA. Chapter LXIV.

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and have received no orders from department headquarters to move toward San Antonio, in the name and by authority of the General-in-Chief, I call upon you to hasten to this post. Funds to defray expenses of transportation will be supplied on arrival. If you have knowledge of the advance in this direction of the troops from above, I desire you to communicate and hasten their march. Provisions are not abundant here, so that you must husband your supply.

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

F. J. PORTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 13.]

FORT MCINTOSH, TEX., March 9, 1861.

Major F. J. PORTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fort Brown, Tex.;

MAJOR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 4th instant, and in reply have to state that I shall commence the march with the garrison of this is at the earliest moment possible. Transportation cannot be in readiness before day after to-morrow. I shall take rations for the command for thirty days. I have heard of no troops from above on the march in this direction. It was rumored that the garrison at Fort Duncan were to have commenced the march several days since-doubtless on San Antonio.

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

C. C. SIBLEY,

Major Third Infantry, Commanding Post.

[Inclosure Numbers 14.]

HEADQUARTERS,

Fort McIntosh, Tex., March 11, 1861.

Major F. J. PORTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fort Brown, Tex.:

MAJOR: I have to report that I shall commence my march for Fort Brown to-morrow. I was not able to move to-day in consequence of unavoidable delay in procuring the necessary transportation (Mexican carts). I would state that I received an express to-day from San Antonio by which Major Nichols informs me that it was the intention of the commander of the department to order the troops at this post to Ringgold Barracks via San Patricio and Indianola. As the object no doubt is to get the troops out of Texas with as much dispatch as possible, I shall not change my arrangements of marching on Fort Brown.

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

C. C. SIBLEY,

Major Third Infantry, Commanding Post.

[Inclosure Numbers 15.] CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF Texas, San Antonio, February 25, 1861.

SIR: As some of the companies in the department have already evaucated their posts, deeming the requirements of General orders, Numbers 5, immediate, the department commander calls the attention of post commanders to the condition therein expressed, viz, "as soon as the necessary preparations can be made." The "necessary preparations" will be made at these headquarters, and no troops will be put in