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NEW ORLEANS, July 29, 1864-p. m.

General LAWLER,

Morganza, La.:

Retain the Ninety-ninth Regiment U. S. Colored Infantry at Mor-

ganza until further orders.

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General, Commanding.

NEW ORLEANS, LA., July 29, 1864-2 p. m.

Brigadier-General BENTON,

Baton Rouge:

The general directs me to say that he hears nothing from Plaque-

mine, and at the same time reports are frequently arriving from La

Fourche District that the enemy is crossing the Atchafalaya. If there be anything in these reports the commanding officer at Plaquemine must know the facts.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

OLIVER MATTHEWS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DONALDSONVILLE, July 29, 1864.

(Received 10.40 a. m.)

Major G. B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Captain Baker, of the engineer department, who came from Plaque-

mine to-day, reports that the rumor is very current there that quite a force of General Taylor's command had crossed the Atchafalaya. He also states that most of the traders in Plaquemine are packing up their goods and sending them off. I send this report as received. Shall take every means in my power to keep thoroughly posted. All quiet at this post.

W. O. FISKE,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

BONNET CARRE, July 29, 1864-10 a. m.

Major G. B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I gave the honor to report all quiet in my command. Several

discharges of heavy artillery in the direction of Pass Manchac was

heard here yesterday evening. I do not know the cause.

CYRUS HAMLIN,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, &C.,

Little Rock, Ark., July 29, 1864.

Major General E. R. S. CANBY,

Commanding Military Division of West Mississippi.

GENERAL: General Fagan's headquarters are ten miles this side of

Monticello. He has three brigades on the Arkansas, but very few on

the north side of the river. We have a pontoon bridge too heavy to