SOURCE: United States War Department. THE
WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and
Confederate Armies. 128 Volumes. Washington: Government Printing Office,
Washington City, D.C., October 13, 1862.
You will please send no more contrabands or colored persons to Illinois until further order.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
The pickets of the enemy in our front have disappeared again. Scouts report that Jackson has left the valley; that he passed through Strasburg last Wednesday, and is moving toward Staunton. Four contrabands came in this morning, and make the same report.
Two contrabands arrived to-day from Van Buren, who state that Hindman, with 12,000 infantry, crossed the Arkansas River from the south Tuesday last, for the purpose of moving up to re-enforce Marmaduke, but have now all gone back to their hole.
JAS. O. BLUNT,
Maj. Gen. SAMUEL R. CURTIS.
HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING,
December 27, 1862--3 p.m.
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