The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 22, In Two Parts. Part 2, Correspondence. Page: 1,086
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1086 MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. [CHAP. XXXf
SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS,
No. 222. Camp Bragg, December 2, 1863.
III. Capt. S. T. Ruffner, with his company of light artillery, is re
lieved from duty with Marmaduke's division cavalry. He will turn
over his guns to Captain [Joseph] Bledsoe, and report with his com-
mand to Major-General Price for assignment to duty with th~ battery
of pieces now commanded by Captain Von Phul, Drayton's brigade.
IV. Brigadier-General Marmaduke, commanding cavalry division,
will place the field battery, turned over by Capt. S. T. Ruffner, in charge
of Captain Bledsoe and his company, now serving with Shelby's bri-
V. Major-General Price will direct the men transferred to Von Phul's
battery light artillery from infantry regiments, to rejoin their respective
commands as soon as relieved by Capt. S. T. Ruffner and his company.
By command of Lieutenant-General Holmes:
J. F. BELTON,
Lieutenant- Colonel and Assistant Adjutant- General.
CONFIDENTIAL.] HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
Shreveport, December 3, 1863.
Lieut. Gen. T.. H HOLMES, Commanding District of Arkansas :
GENERAL: Your letter of 2d December is received. I leave imme-
diately for Alexandria, and expect to return Tuesday next. A personal
interview with General Taylor regarding the movement of re-enforce-
ments from Louisiana to Texas necessarily takes me to Alexandria. On
my return I will proceed immediately to your headquarters. In the mean
time make all your arrangements and dispositions for carrying out the
plan of operations you may adopt. The question of supplies and trans-
portation will be the greatest difficulty to be encountered. I know not
what your resources are, nor whether you can calculate upon rapidly
accumulating the necessary supplies in the country you may advance
in. If a move on Pine Bluff is determined upon, I think the force under
McCray could be made a valuable auxiliary. He should be prepared
in advance, and, acting in connection with even a small brigade of cav-
alry sent north of the Arkansas, could operate on the enemy's commu-
nications, engage his attention north of the Arkansas, and create a
favorable diversion for the expedition. Efficient officers or agents
should be sent into Eastern Arkansas, and supplies should be collected
on the route between Pine Bluff and the Washita River, via Monticello.
Arrangements should also be made for the safe and expeditious cross-
ing of the Washita by your command below the mouth of the Saline.
You may be compelled to take this line in falling back, either from the
flooding of the streams or the overpowering numbers of the enemy.
Steamboats should be collected at the point you propose recrossing the
Washita, and if a temporary bridge could be constructed with these
boats it would be advisable. I am expecting daily the arrival of one
thousand two hundred Enfield rifles, now en route from Navasota to
this point. They will be immediately pushed on to your command.
General Dockery's men should be first armed, and his command will be
placed at your disposal as infantry. The remainder of the arms can be
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