War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0816 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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NEW ORLEANS, August 23, 1864.

Brigadier-General LAWLER:

The major-general commanding directs that you will send 200 cavalry to-night, if possible, with five days' rations, to report to commanding officer at Port Hudson.

S. C. FARRINGTON,

Captain and Aide-de-Camp.

BATON ROUGE, August 23, 1864.

Brigadier-General LAWLER:

Could you spare me 250 to 300 cavalry to be sent to Port Hudson with the infantry? I have requested Major-General Canby to have that number sent there, and have no doubt the order will be issued. If so, will you please get them to Port Hudson before daylight to-morrow morning, and in the same marching condition as the infantry.

F. J. HERRON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Morganza, La., August 23, 1864.

Brigadier General E. S. DENNIS,

Commanding Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: I have the honor herewith to inclose an official copy of a dispatch* just received from New Orleans. You will make all your arrangements quietly, as therein directed, and be in readiness to embark as soon as it is dark, so as to get well on the way to Port Hudson before the moon rises. Transportation will be at the landing opposite your camps in good time.

By command of Brigadier-General Lawler:

B. WILSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Morganza, La., August 23, 1864.

Brigadier-General DENNIS,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding approves of your intentions to leave your tents standing, as it will serve to deceive the enemy's spies on the opposite side of the river. Relieve your pickets by details from that portion of your command which remains. If they are not sufficient more will be detailed from the Third Division in the morning.

By command of Brigadier-General Lawler:

B. WILSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BATON ROUGE, August 23, 1864-7 p. m.

Brigadier General E. S. DENNIS,

Commanding Division, Port Hudson:

Upon arrival at Port Hudson let your troops bivouac until to-morrow. A battery of artillery and some cavalry will report to you from General

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*See Reynolds to Lawler, 1.30 p. m., p. 815.

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