HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF TEXAS
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF TEXAS,
Galveston, Tex., June 19, 1865.
Maj. Gen. P. H. SHERIDAN, U.S. Army:
GENERAL: I arrived here this morning. I found here the brigade of the Twenty-fifth Army Corps, which was to have proceeded to Corpus Christi. The brigade was detached at Brazos Santiago and sent without other facilities to lighter than two small sail vessels. The troops were unable to land, and put in here for coal and water. I have directed that the brigade proceed as soon as possible to Brazos, coal and water having been furnished here. The Tamaulipas will leave for Brazos to-day. Please do everything to send lighters for use at Brazos, Indianola, and Corpus Christi. It is an imperative necessity that such craft be sent without delay. I have not heard from the brigade ordered to Indianola, and cannot report whether it has arrived. The Hussar with forage put in here yesterday in distress. She needs thereon four days' repairs. I have ordered Steele to advance his posts as far as Roma as soon as he can secure supplies for troops there. The country on the border is swarming with thieves and robbers, who are running stock and every other class of movable property into Mexico. These posts will materially interfere with their operations, but General Steele should have 250 or 300 cavalry at the earliest possible moment. The forces disbanded here, and scattered through the State. There is no doubt that many officers and men are making their way into Mexico to join the Imperialist forces. Please visit me as soon as you well can, that we can together see to the facilities afforded and disposition necessary.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
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