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January 1864


Series I, Vol. XXXIV, Part II


Page 25 Chapter XLVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

FORT LARAMIE, January 4, 1864.

Colonel CHIVINGTON,

Dever:

Impossible to reach Halleck. Lieutenants Glenn and Talpey just returned with train and beef herd. Could not get
through Sabille Cannon. It is the third party that has failed. Do the best you can. Communicate with Colonel Chivington.
Great suffering of men and stock here and above. Thermometer 29 below zero New Year's night; 18 below this morning.

WM. O. COLLINS,

Lieutenant-Colonel Eleventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.



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FORT LARAMIE, January 5, 1864.

Colonel CHIVINGTON:

Can only make inspection of troops here. No communication with detachments at Sweet Water, except by telegraph, for
five

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weeks nor with Halleck for long time; now too deep; thermometer 43 below zero at 9 this morning. Great suffering of
men and animals. Down mail snowed in at Mud Springs and must return. Probably cannot get one through for several
weeks.

W. O. COLLINS,

Lieutenant -Colonel, Commanding.


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Page 52 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, January 9, 1864.

Hon. A. LINCOLN,

President:

SIR: The Indian Bureau and ourselves, being desirous to consult with Major-General Blunt on the subject of moving the
Kansas Indians to the Indian Territory and the early return of the refugees, do earnestly request that permission be
granted General Blunt to visit Washington in compliance with his application now on file. General Blunt is not now in
command; has been in service from the commencement of the war without intermission of application for leave of
absence. All of which is respectfully submitted.

Yours,&c.,

J. H. LANE.

A. C. WILDER.

I unite with General Lane and to Hon. A. C. Wilder in requesting permission for General Blunt to visit Washington.

W. P. DOLE,

Commissioner Indian Affairs.

[Indorsement.]

JANUARY 9, 1864.

Let General Blunt have leave to come to Washington.*

A. LINCOLN.

*This permission telegraphed same day to General Blunt, Fort Smith, Ark.

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Page 54 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

HEADQUARTERS FORT LARNED, KANS., January 10, 1864.

ACTING ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Hdqrs. District of the Border, Kansas City, Mo.:

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following statement to the commanding general of the district, and respectfully ask
for instructions for my future guidance: There are encamped at this time in the vicinity of this post a tribe, or part of a
tribe, of Indians known as the Caddoes, about 300 in number. They are partially civilized, and were driven by the rebels
from the State of Texas in consequence of their adherence to the Government of the United States. Being
unaccustomed to living as the Indians do who inhabit these plains, they are in a destitute and starving condition. They
frequently come to these headquarters and represent that they are suffering from hunger, and I have issued provisions
to them in small quantities at different times, but not enough to materially benefit so large a number. It seems absolutely
necessary to do something for them in order for them to live, but as I have no warrant to issue to them except in small
quantities, and do not wish to do anything in the premises without proper authority, I take this means to acquaint the
commanding general with the circumstances, and shall in the mean time await further instructions.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. N. F. READ,

Captain, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, Commanding Post.


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Page 73 Chapter XLVI. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE MISSOURI, No. 2. Saint Louis, Mo., January 13, 1864.

In accordance with General Orders, No. 1, War Department, Adjutant-General's office, dated January 1, 1864,
constituting the Department of Kansas, the command of such portion of this Department as is included within the limits
of the Department of Kansas, consisting of the State of Kansas, the Territories of Nebraska and Colorado, and the
Indian Territory, including the military post at Fort Smith, Ark., is hereby relinquished to Major-General Curtis, U. S.
Volunteers. Returns and reports will be made in accordance herewith to headquarters Department of Kansas, Fort
Leavenworth, Kans.

By command of Major-General Shofield:

O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.


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HDQRS. DIST. OF MINN., DEPT. OF THE NORTHWEST,
Saint Paul, Minn., January 17, 1864.

Mr. A. FARIBAULT:

DEAR SIR: From recent information at these headquarters received it appears that Tah-naf-soo-o-tah and
Wah-she-chou-wilkou-e-i-dan, two of the lower Sioux who were principally engaged in the massacres of 1862, were
about Faribault for some months during the last summer and fall. If so, Taopee and other of the friendly Indians must
have known of their presence, and should have given the necessary information to the military authorities, that they
might be apprehended. I will be obliged to you if you will make diligent inquiry into the facts of the case as it is requisite I
should know if any of the Indians supposed to be friendly, and enjoying the protection of the whites at or near Faribault
have so far forgotten their obligations of good faith as to conceal hostile and criminal Indians who have ventured to
appear among them. A prompt investigation and reply will be thankfully acknowledged.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. H. SIBLEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.


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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF COLORADO,
Denver, Colo., January 25, 1864.

Lieutenant G. H. HARDIN,

First Cav. of Colorado, Commanding Co. G, Camp Wild, Colo.:

SIR: The colonel commanding directs me to inform you that the weather now having moderated, you will without delay
proceed with Company G, First Cavalry of Colorado, to the scene of the late Indian depredations.

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

GEO. H. STILWELL,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF COLORADO,
Denver, Colo., January 25, 1864.

Captain G. L. SANBORN,

Company H, First Cav. of Colorado, Camp Wild, Colo.:

SIR: The colonel commanding directs me to inform you that you will without delay proceed with your company down the
Platte, in obedience to your orders already received.

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

GEO. H. STILWELL,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


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Troops in the Department of Kansas, Major General Samuel R. Curtis, U. S. Army, commanding, January 31, 1864.

DISTRICT OF COLORADO.

Colonel JOHN M. CHIVINGTON.

Camp Weld.

Major EDWARD W. WYNKOOP.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Company D, Lieutenant Eli Dickerson.

Colorado Battery, Captain William D. McLain.

Camp Collins.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Company B, Lieutenant George W. Hawkins.

Camp Fillmore.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Company L, Lieutenant George L. Shoup.

Fort Halleck.

11th Ohio Cavalry, Companies C and F, Major Thomas L. Mackey.

Guadalupe.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Company I, Captain Charles Kerber.

Fort Lyon.

Major SCOTT J. ANTHONY.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Companies F, K, and M, Major Scott J. Anthony.

9th Wisconsin Battery, Captain James H. Dodge.

Camp Curtis.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Company C, Lieutenant Clark Dunn.

Fort Garland.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Companies A and E, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel F. Tappan.

Fort Laramie.

11th Ohio Cavalry (six companies), Lieutenant Colonel William O. Collins.

Fremont's Orchard.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Company H, Captain George L. Sanborn.

Trinidad.

1st Colorado Cavalry, Company G, Lieutenant George H. Hardin.
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