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[101] and called out the militia, ordering the organization of companies and regiments for defense. He said that if the Southwestern States were abandoned by the government, they must organize to defend themselves, ‘build a new ark,’ and ‘seek their own destiny.’

Having his attention called by Mr. Davis to the complaints contained in the proclamation of Governor Rector, also to General Pike's complaints of the stoppage of clothing and munitions in transitu for the Indians, General Van Dorn, June 9, 1862, wrote a letter from Priceville, Miss., to the President, of which the following relates to events now in narration:

His Excellency, the President:
Dear General: The movements of the army from Corinth to Tupelo have occupied my attention so exclusively, that I have found it impossible until to-day to answer your letter in regard to Governor Rector's proclamation. Before doing so now, I must express to you my appreciation of your kindness in making me suggestions as to the propriety of making a reply to the people of the Trans-Mississippi department on the subject of that proclamation. I had previously thought of replying to Governor Rector, but found upon diligent inquiry, that his people indignantly repudiated his pernicious opinions, and that he stood almost alone with them. I had concluded, therefore, to act in the matter by sending some one to Arkansas, during, my absence, in my stead, to organize the troops from Arkansas, from Louisiana, Texas and Missouri, already assembling there in considerable force, and to put them in the field against the common enemy. This I conceived would be a sufficient antidote to the poison of the governor's proclamation and a refutation of his statement that the government had sacrificed the States west of the Mississippi river. General Hindman was therefore ordered to Little Rock to assume command, and was provided with all the ammunition, etc., that could be spared from this army. There were five or six regiments already in Arkansas from Texas alone, and about fifteen regiments in the Confederate service on the march from that State to Little Rock to join them. Two gunboats were also sent up White and Arkansas rivers. . . . These


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