War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0711 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Numbers 218.

New Orleans, August 15, 1864.

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11. The detachment of the Ninety-second U. S. Colored Infantry, left at Port Hudson doing duty as provost guard, will, upon receipt of this order, be relieved from such duty and returned to their regiment at Morganza, La. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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By command of Major-General Banks:

W. D. PUTNAM,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF NEW ORLEANS, New Orleans, August 15, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Brashear City:

The general commanding desires to know what progress has been made in mounting the guns ordered to be mounted some time ago, and what further work is required there to put the place in a good state of defense. He also directs me to say that Colonel Jones' detailed report of his late expedition to Pattersonville has never been received here. It must be hurried up and forwarded through General Cameron.

Respectfully, yours,

OLIVER MATTHEWS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEW ORLEANS, LA., August 15, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER TWENTY-FOURTH INDIANA:

(Through General Benton, at Baton Rouge, La.)

Your regiment will be in readiness to embark for Morganza at 9 a. m. to-morrow. A boat will call for you.

By command of Major-General Reynolds:

S. C. FARRINGTON,

Captain and Aide-de-Camp.

HELENA, ARK., August 15, 1864.

Major C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: On the 7th instant I inspected the post and garrison at Milliken's Bend. The latter is composed of the Forty-sixth U. S. Infantry (colored) and Battery C, Second U. S. Artillery (colored); aggregate effective force, 603. The former is a fine regiment, in excellent condition and discipline. There were many haversacks and canteens wanting, but the general condition was very good. Sanitary condition pretty good. They had six six-mule teams and one four-mule team. Two companies of this regiment are mounted on horses loaned by the owners of leased plantations for the purpose of scouting. The battery has