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me, and several of the staff-officers offered the poor, ragged, and barefooted deserters their beds, and furnished them with food and drink, both of which they were sadly in need of. When these men were able to converse, it was discovered that they knew much that was of great importance to the generals commanding. They said that revolvers and powder in large quantities were manufactured at New-Brownsville, and that the former sold at two hundred and fifty dollars each, rebel money. General Magruder, they say, is now at Houston. He has only two thousand troops (cavalry) there, the remainder of his army being scattered about at various places, the most being at Galveston and Sabine Pass. At the former city there is also a regiment of heavy artillery. There is a formidable fort near Brownsville, on the Rio Grande, called Fort Brown. Brigadier-General Bee is in command. Since receiving this news, I learn from another party that General Bee has been superseded, and Brigadier-Genera
Doc. 16.-General Magruder's address. headquarters District of Texas, New-Mexico, and Arizona, Houston, Nov. 27, 1863. To the planters of the coast counties: The Commanding General announces to the citizens of Texas, that a formidable invasion is attempted by the coast. Early in the month, General Banks took possession of the Lower Rio Grande, and on the eighteenth a force occupied Aransas and Corpus Christi Passes, capturing the small garrison there stationed. Despatches to the twenve him this painful necessity, and remove your negroes beyond the reach of the enemy without a moment's delay. This appeal is made to all those who reside in counties within fifty miles of the coast, from Corpus Christi and Galveston, inclusive. Should any other portion of the coast or counties still more interior require this sacrifice at the hands of the planters, timely notice will be given of the same. J. B. Magruder. Major-General Commanding District of Texas, New-Mexico, and Arizona.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 91.-General Magruder's orders. (search)
Doc. 91.-General Magruder's orders. headquarters District of Texas, New-Mexico, and Arizona, Houston, Feb. 15, 1864./ Special orders, No. 46. the Commanding General, learning that some doubt still exists among the troops as to the permanence as cavalry of those regiments which have been dismounted, again takes occasioanding General to prevent a misinterpretation by his troops, with whom he shall always deal, as he has ever done, with frankness and truth. By command of Major-Gen. J. B. Magruder. E. P. Turner, Assistant Adjutant.-General. headquarters District of Texas, New-Mexico, and Arizona, Houston, Feb. 2, 1864. Special orders, No. 33. erns. He will permit each family to use what may be necessary for their purposes at all times, reserving a sufficient quantity for the troops. The labor necessary to carry water to the commands will be furnished by the Post-Quarter-master. By command of Major-Gen. J. B. Magruder. Edmund P. Turner, Assistant Adjutant-General.
ole fighting, owing to the nature of the heavily wooded country, must be done by infantry. Admiral Porter's fleet will cooperate as far as possible. The extent of its cooperation depends on the depth of water in Red River. Other battles must soon follow, and glorious victories will be won over the trans-Mississippi rebels. The enemy appears to have moved his whole forces near here to crush out the Union army. According to the reports of prisoners, Kirby Smith, Dick Taylor, Green, Magruder, and Price are all in the field against General Banks and his commanders. The rebel loss in the battles of Sabine Cross-Roads and Pleasant Hill was three to our one. The lack of water between Pleasant Hill and Mansfield rendered it prudent to fall back to Grand Ecore, where new supplies will be issued sufficient for a long and uninterrupted forward march. Grand Ecore, La., April 14, 1864. A detachment of the Third cavalry brigade, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Kieb, of the Eig