War of the Rebellion: Serial 109 Page 0201 Chapter LXIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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that, not yourself participating in any feeling of malignities, you will take pleasure in giving this assurance to your readers, that those best informed not only "feel themselves at liberty" utterly" to discredit the intelligence" on which your paragraph is founded, but to denounce the authorship of your intelligence as libelous and malignant.

Very truly,

P. B. EWING.

LANCASTER, OHIO, December 12, 1861.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Numbers 78.

Saint Louis, December 20, 1861.

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VIII. Brigadier General U. S. Grant is hereby placed in command of the District of Cairo, including the southern part of Illinois, that part of Kentucky west of the Cumberland, and the southeastern counties of Missouri south of Cape Girardeau. Brigadier General E. A. Paine will be transferred from Paducah to Cairo.

By order of Major-General Halleck:

J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO, Numbers 40.

Louisville, Ky., December 22, 1861.

Brigadier General T. J. Wood will proceed at once to the camp of instruction near Bardstown, Ky., and relieve Brigadier-General Dumont in the command of the same. General Wood's assignment is temporary. On being relieved by General Wood, General Dumont will proceed to Bacon Creek and report to General Mitchel, commanding Third Division, for duty as commandant of the Seventeenth Brigade. The personal staff only (aides-de-camp) will change station with the generals as ordered herein.

By command of Brigadier-General Buell:

O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Numbers 90.

Saint Louis, December 24, 1861.

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IV. Brigadier General U. S. Grant will hereby assume command of Cape Girardeau as constituting a part of the military district assigned to his command. The commanding officer of Cape Girardeau will report to General Grant and also to these headquarters.

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By order of Major-General Halleck:

J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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