HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Saint Louis, Mo., November 25, 1863.
Major THOMAS M. VINCENT,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.:
MAJOR: In reply to your telegram of the 23rd instant, I have the honor to report the following organizations of Arkansas Volunteers as having been authorized by me, to wit:
Second Arkansas Infantry, to be raised under the supervision of Brigadier-General McNeil (by Major M. L. Stephenson, Tenth Illinois Cavalry), September 1, 1863, was to be rendezvoused at Springfield, Mo., subsequently changed to Fort Smith, Ark.
Third Arkansas Infantry, to be raised by W. M. Fishback, October 1, 1863, and to be rendezvoused at Little Rock, Ark.
Fourth Arkansas Infantry, to be raised by Edward J. Brooks, of Fayetteville, October 4, 1863, and to be rendezvoused at Fayetteville, Ark.
Second Arkansas Cavalry, authority granted by Colonel Phelps and confirmed to Lieutenant J. E. Phelps, Third U. S. Cavalry, August 21, 1863, originally to be rendezvoused at Springfield, Mo., subsequently changed to Fort Smith.
Third Arkansas Cavalry, authority granted by Major-General Steele to Captain Ryan, Seventeenth Illinois Volunteers, confirmed November 19, 1863, to be rendezvoused at Little Rock, Ark.
In addition to the above I have unofficial information that there is in process of formation at Little Rock one regiment of infantry, authorized by General Steele.
On the 10th August, under instructions from General L. Thomas, Adjutant-General, I directed Generals Steele and McNeil to raise and organize all the colored troops to be had in their respective districts as speedily as possible. I am not informed what progress they have made in this matter.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. M. SCHOFIELD,