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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

OFFICE CHIEF OF ARTILLERY,

New Orleans, July 6, 1864.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Department of the Gulf:

SIR: I have the honor to request that Captain H. W. Closson, now chief of artillery of the Nineteenth Army Corps, at Morganza, be relieved from duty as such and ordered to take command of his company now stationed at New Orleans, La., awaiting transportation to proceed north. Captain Benjamin Nields, First Delaware Battery, senior officer, on duty with that corps, will fill that place with credit. He is intelligent, energetic, and a zealous officer.

Very respectfully,

RICHARD ARNOLD,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

OFFICE CHIEF OF ARTILLERY,

New Orleans, July 6, 1864.

Colonel JOHN A. KEITH,

Commanding First Indiana Heavy Artillery:

SIR: By direction of the chief of artillery I have to inform you that Captain Sawtelle, chief quartermaster, Military Division of West Mississippi, will send a steamer to bring down the six unequipped companies of your regiment to this city, with camp and garrison equipage. Lieutenant-Colonel Hays will be sent here in command. All the artillery mules not required to equip the 20-pounder and 24-pounder Parrotts will be sent with this command, and as many wagons as possible.

By command of Brigadier-General Arnold:

E. R. CRAFT,

Lieutenant and Acting Aide-de-Camp.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Numbers 178.

New Orleans, July 6, 1864.

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10. In accordance with orders from headquarters Military Division of West Missouri, the following-named regiments, composing Colonel Slack's brigade, will be at once relieved from duty in the District of La Fourche and sent by rail to Algiers: Forty-seventh Indiana Volunteers, Fifty-sixth Ohio Volunteers, Twenty-fourth Iowa Volunteers, Twenty-eighth Iowa Volunteers. The quartermaster's department will furnish immediate transportation. Immediately on arrival at Algiers the commanding officer will repair to New Orleans and report to Major General J. J. Reynolds for orders.

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By command of Major-General Banks:

J. S. CROSBY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.