February 15, 1864,
Major Geo. Williamson to Major-General Taylor
HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
Shreveport, La., February 15, 1864.
Commanding, &c. :
GENERAL: I am instructed to inform you that intelligence deemed reliable has been received at these headquarters that a band, or perhaps several bands, of men calling themselves "Quantrill's men" are committing serious depredations on citizens living on the Bayou Bartholomew and other points east of the Ouachita River. It is reported one of these bands hung a few days ago a Dr. Merriwether, who is reported to be a loyal citizen. The agent of the commissary department in that region reports these bands are seriously embarrassing his operations in the collection of hogs, and that he is apprehensive of a more decided interference on their part.
Your attention is called to these reports for investigation and redress of the evils, if they are found to exist.
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
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