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No. 10.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, June 20, 1846. Sir: By direction of the general-in-chief, I have the honor to communicate, for your information, a statement of the volunteer force destined for offensive operations, under your orders, against the republic of Mexico, and arranged into brigades by the President of the United States, viz:

For Chihuahua.

1 mounted regiment from Arkansas,
1 mounted regiment from Texas,
2 regiments of foot from Illinois,
1 battalion of foot from Texas.

Brigade under Brig. Gen.

Wool.

1

For the Rio Grande.'

1 mounted regiment from Tennessee, Brigade.
2 regiments of foot from
1 mounted regiment from Kentucky,
2 regiments of foot from

Brigade.

do. 1 regiment of foot from Alabama, 1 regiment of foot from Georgia, Brigade. 1 regiment of foot from Mississippi. 2 regiments of foot from Illinois, 1 regiment of foot from Missouri. 3 regiments of foot from Indiana.-Brigade. 3

. Brigadier General Wood has been this day notified of the vol. unteer force you may assign to his command, besides such regulars as are to be assembled at San Antonio de Bexar, for the Chihuahua expedition; and he has been instructed to send two, instead of one, of the Illinois regiments of foot, as directed by general orders” No. 15, and the Adjutant General's letter of the 1st instant, from New Orleans to La Vaca bay, to march thence to San Antonio de Bexar; and should there be yet time for the change, to send the Kentucky regiment of foot to Point Isabel, and not to La Vaca bay. I enclose, herewith, a copy of the instructions referred to.

I have the honor to be, &c.,

W. G. FREEMAN, A. A. General. Brevet Major General Z. Taylor, United States Army, commanding, &c.,

Matamoras, Mexico.

No. 11.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, June 27, 1846. GENERAL: I request you will forward, as soon as convenient, a list of the non-commissioned officers, soldiers, &c., killed or wounded in the battles of the 8th and 9th of May. This list is the more necessary at this time, to enable me to answer the daily inquiries of the friends of the soldiers belonging to the regiments known to have participated in those engagements.

I am, sir, &c.,

R. JONES, Adjutant General. Brevet Major Gen. Z. TAYLOR, Commanding Army of Occupation,

Matamoras, Mexico.

No. 12.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 7, 1846. GENERAL: Herewith I respectfully enclose “special orders” No. 58, directing Major Ļ. Thomas, assistant adjutant general, to report for duty with the army under your command of the high qualifications of this officer no one is better able to judge than yourself, he having served with you when commanding in Florida.

In ordering the senior staff officer of the department available to report to your head-quarters, it is by no means the intention of the general-in-chief, nor the wish of Major Thomas, to interfere in any degree with your choice or wishes in regard to the position of Captain Bliss, who has all along, with so much ability and entire satisfaction in every quarter, as I have reason to believe, performed the arduous duties of chief of your staff.

Such an army in the field as the one now under your command, whether as regards numbers or composition, will require as numerous a staff as our organization will afford; and it is the intention to send you other assistant adjutants general as soon as they may be appointed.

Please to inform Captain Bliss that in a few days I hope to have the pleasure of forwarding his commission of major in this departI am, general, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R. JONES, Adjutant General. Major Gén. Z. TAYLOR,

Commanding, &c., Matamoras, Mexico.

ment.

[The following is a copy of the special order referred to in the above letter.-R. J.] Special orders

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 58.

Washington, July 7, 1846. 1. Breret Major L. Thomas, assistant adjutant general, is as. signed to duty with the army in Mexico, and will report accordingly to the commanding general.

2. Brevet Captain J. H. Prentiss, assistant adjutant general, will report for duty io Brigadier General Wool;, and Captain E. Schriver, assistant adjutant general, is for the present assigned to duty at the head-quarters of the army, and will report to the Adjutant General's office without delay. By command of Major General Scott:

R. JONES, Adjutant General.

No. 13.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 9, 1846. Sir: The general-in-chief instructs me to say that the following officers of the adjutant general's department have been ordered to report to you in person for duty at your head-quarters, and with divisions and brigades of the army under your command. You will please to instruct them accordingly.

Brevet Major G. A. McCall, assistant adjutant general.
Brevet Major W. W. S. Bliss, do

do. Brevet Captain R. Ridgely,

do

do. Brevet Captain G. Lincoln,

do

do. Brevet Captain O. F. Winship, do

do. Brevet Captain J. H. Prentiss, assistant adjutant general, has been instructed to report in person to Brigadier General Wool for duty.

I received orders the 7th instant to report to you for duty, and expect to set out in three or four days. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. THOMAS,

Assistant Adjutant General. Major General Z. Taylor,

Commanding, &C., Matamoras, Mexico.

No. 14.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 11, 1846. GENERAL: I enclose herewith a copy of instructions from the Secretary of War to the Adjutant General, calling for a list of all the officers who were in the actions of the 8th and 9th of May, under your command, and of those who were in Fort Brown during the bombardment. As this office cannot furnish the information desired, I have to request that you will take measures to forward, as early as practicable, the list required. I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

L. THOMAS,

Assistant Adjutant General. Major General Z. Taylor,

Commanding, &c., Matamoras, Mexico.

[The following is a copy of the Secretary of War's instructions referred to in the foregoing letter.-R. J.]

The Adjutant General will furnish, with the least delay practicable, a list showing the name of every commissioned officer of the army who was present in the actions of the 8th and 9th of May, as well as those in Fort Brown during its bombardment.

W. L: MARCY,

Secretary of War. WAR DEPARTMENT, July 10, 1846.

No. 15.

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, July 17, 1846. GENERAL: The communication from this office of June 20th informed you of the arrangement of the volunteer regiments into brigades by the President, and I have now to communicate the instructions of the department respecting the assignment of the general officers who already have been ordered to join the army under your command, and to report to you in person.

Major General Butler will be assigned to the 1st division of volunteers, to be composed of the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana brigades, to be commanded respectively by the brigadier generals appointed from those States; and Major General Patterson will be assigned to the command of the 2d division, to be coniposed of the Illinois and Tennessee brigades, and the brigade formed of the three regiments raised in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, to which must be attached the Washington and Baltimore battalion, instead of the Ohio brigade, as first ordered, according to the order of arrangement forwarded to you June 20th. . You will assign the brigadier generals to the brigades of the 2d division according to the States in which they are raised and appointed.

If there be other major generals appointed, this arrangement of divisions would necessarily be changed.

It is seen from newspaper accounts that the Texan volunteers have assembled on the lower Rio Grande, while the arrangements at Washington assigned the quota from that State to the division to 'obe concentrated and organized at San Antonio de Bexar. Unless your plan of operations requires a different arrangement, the Texan volunteers should be ordered to San Antonio as a part of General Wool's division.

General orders of July 2 (No. 25) will apprize you of the 2d regiment of infantry being en route, which will be a handsome accession of 650 efficient men to your army.

Since the last acknowledgment (June 16th) of despatches from your head-quarters, the following letters and orders have been duly received and laid before the commanding general and Secretary of War, to wit: Letters Nos. 47 to 56, (except No. 53, inissing,) "orders” 68 to 79, and “special orders” 74 to 96, all inclusive. I am, general, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R. JONES, Adjutant General. Major Gen. Z. TAYLOR, U. S. A.,

Commanding Army of Occupation, Matamoras.'

[Memorandum-July 18, 1846.] Organization of the First Division of volunteers, to be commanded

by Mjaor General William 0. Butler.

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Organization of the Second Division of volunteers, to be commanded

by Major General Robert Patterson.

ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI QUOTA-in part.

One regiment of foot from Missouri. } First brigade.

TENNESSEE QUOTA.

One regiment of mounted men,
Two regiments of foot.

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Second brigade.

GEORGIA, ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI QUOTAS.

Three regiments of foot, 1 from each State,
Washington and Baltimore batt'n of foot, 6 com.

} Third brigade.

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