The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 13. Page: 874
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MO., Ah.K., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. [CHAP. XXV.
10. A superintendent of Indian affairs should be appointed at once;
a man of character and intellect, who will have the respect of the In-
dians, and not outrage them by indiscriminate abuse or alienate them
by neglect. And agents also should be appointed for the several tribes
for which there are none. None of these offices nor that of Commis-
sioner of Indian Affairs should hereafter' be sinecures.
11. Maj. G. A. Schliwarzman will present this paper to the President
in person. It is perhaps the last word I may have to say on Indiani
affairs, and I most earnestly hope the views here expressed may find
favor with the President.
AUGUST 3, [?] 1862.
Gov. JOHN J. PETTUS, Jackson, Miss.:
Secure the delivery of the following dispatch to General Holmes on
his way to Arkansas:
It has been reported to me that the military authorities in the department to which
you have been assigned have usurped powers and displayed needless rigor by declar-
ihg martial law, by forcing persons into service not subject to enrollment, by needlessly
impressing private property, establishing arbitrary prices for commodities, and en-
forcing the discipline of a camp upon towns remote from the enemy and not occupied
by troops. You will endeavor to correct these abuses as rapidly as is consistent with
the defense of the country. De Lagnel is reported sick. If he can join you you can
have him as a brigadier-general.
HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DISTRICT,
Little Rock, Ark., August 5, 1862.
General S. CoopRnn,
Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:
GENERAL: Your dispatches of the 15th ultimo have been received.
It is impossible for mine. to forward you formal reports, as the blanks for
which I have repeatedly written have not reached mne. I am rejoiced
to hear that a separate department has been created out of the country
west of the Mississippi River and that General Magruder is coming to
assume command. Until his arrival I shall of course report directly
to you. I doubt the propriety of my hazarding an attempt to report
my strength and plans, but your order to give you at least a general
statement of the number and condition of the force with which I expect
to.operate against the enemy in front of Little Rock is so peremptory
that I shall of course comply. Your order, however, to move against
the enemy at Helena at once being, as I conceive, based on an errone-
ous idea of my strength, I have taken the responsibility of delaying
its execution. I have now in camp at this place and Pine Bluff about
18,000 effective men, well armed. Have in camps of instruction be-
tween 6,000 and 8,000 men, either wholly unarmed or else armed with
guns that are of little value, such as shot-guns, rifles, carbines, &c.
The arms brought out by Captain Hart, together with those brought
by General Parsons. have relieved me of embarrassment and enabled
inme to make effective the greater )art of my command. If Major Bank-
head arrives safely, as I think he will, I can then arm the balance of
my inme. I am waiting anxiously to hear of that officer's arrival on this
side of the river. I have six batteries containing forty brass pieces
and one battery of iron guns. I have a company of artillery encamped
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 13., book, 1885; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154621/m1/882/?q=Hart: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.