November 29, 1863, Doaksville, Indian Territory,
B. G. Duval, Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, to Brigadier-General R. M. Gano

Doaksville, November 29, 1863

 Brig. Gen. R. M. GANO,  Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I am just in receipt of your letter of the 28th instant, in which you speak of a wish to change the location of your camp, for various reasons. I have referred the matter to General Steele, who directs me to say in reply that he has no objection whatever to the proposed change. He wishes the matter to be entirely discretionary with yourself.

General McCulloch, in a letter to General Steele, speaks of a great number of stragglers and deserters being in the Northern Sub-District, and says he is satisfied that many of them are leaving for the north side of Red River. The general commanding wishes you to exercise peculiar vigilance in stopping these fellows. Parties, too, are reported passing through the country on the credit of Quantrill's men, who are, in all probability, jayhawkers, or, perhaps, spies. They should be looked to. I have heard that Quantrill himself published a card with reference to such characters, saying that unless they are provided with a printed furlough from him, they are sailing under false colors. General McCulloch says:

There will be about 500 deserters, &c., that will leave for the frontier on next Saturday (28th instant) if all works well, and I expect your regiments have some among them. All other deserters I gather belonging to your command I will send to you, or report them and let you send for them.

He reports about 1,500 or 2,000 of these renegades in his district.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


 Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


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