From the tone of this dispatch, almost a month after September 28th order organizing a 1st Corp, it would seem that Holmes organization of that Corp was almost an afterthought. A necessity of the moment, as it were, to meet the threat in Northwest Arkansas.
HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
Little Rock, Ark., October 19, 1862. (Received November 22.)
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General C. S. Army:
GENERAL: Your telegraphic order to send seven Texas regiments to the Army in Virginia is received. I will order Garland's brigade of three regiments, now at the Post of Arkansas [Arkansas Post], and Sibley's brigade of four regiments, believed to be now reassembled at Marshall, Tex. I have ordered Major Bryan, assistant adjutant-general, to proceed at once to Marshall to supervise and hasten the movement of the four regiments from that place, General Sibley having been ordered to report in person to General Hebert at San Antonio, where the charges against him are to be inquired into. Colonel Garland will move with his brigade as soon as the guns are mounted in the fort now being erected at the Post of Arkansas; say in ten days. The enemy have quietly collected a large force in Northwestern Missouri. I have sent General Hindman to take command and aggregate all our forces in that direction. It may be that he will require the division that is now in front of Helena; if so, I will accompany it and direct the operations in person.
I am, general, very respectfully,
THE. H. HOLMES,
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,
Series 1, part 2, Vol 13, page 889.