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B. G. Farrar Papers

Hd Qrs US Forces

Vidalia La Dec 11 1864

Capt.

Mrs. Russels who resides on the Tensas came to my picket lines with statement, that three men, Joe Frees, Rool, and Seth[?] Brogan, formerly attached to “Jones Scouts,” and now living about Lake Concordia, came to her house several nights since and plundered her house of clothing, etc. They also threatened to return with wagons, and carry off the cotton on the plantation. These men hav been plundering all along the Tensas, and I most respectfully request permission to arrest them and have the matter investigated before the pro[vost] mar[shall]. Mrs. Russels is desirous of seeing the Genl. Com[manding] about this matter. She is now at the picket line with a lady friend who accompanied her.

I have the honor to be

Very respectfully

B G Farrar

Col Comdg Capt. S C Prescott
AAA Genl.

[Reply:]

Head Quarters U. S. Forces
Natchez. Miss., Dec. 17 1864

Respectfully returned to Col. B. G. Farrar, with instructions to arrest the three men mentioned and send them to St. Bechtel, Act.[ing] Pro[vost] Marshal. Mrs. Russell may be admitted, and such other witnesses as may be deemed proper, and send over. Col. Farrar is also instructed to arrest any and all the men of “Jones' Scouts” whom he may detect committing depradations.

By Command of
Brig. Genl. Brayman
T.C. Prescott
Capt. and AAAG

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