War of the Rebellion: Serial 006 Page 0555 Chapter XVI. CAPTURE OF NEW ORLEANS.

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PROCEEDINGS OF A COURT OF INQUIRY, ASSEMBLED AT JACKSON, MISS., PURSUANT TO THE FOLLOWING ORDERS:

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 41.

Richmond, Va., February 18, 1863.

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XVI. By direction of the President, on the application of Major General Mansfield Lovell, a Court of Inquiry, to consist of Brigadier Gens. I.* T. F. Drayton, T. C. Hindman, and W. M. Gardner, will assemble at Jackson, Miss., on the 10th day of March next, or as soon thereafter as practicable, to examine into the facts and circumstances attending the capture of the city of New Orleans by the enemy in April, 1862, and the defense of the city and the evacuation of the same by our troops, under the command of Major General Mansfield Lovell. Major L. R. Page, assistant adjutant-general, is appointed judge-advocate and recorder of the court. The Court of Inquiry appointed in Special Orders, Numbers 177, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, July 31, 1862, paragraph XX, is hereby revoked.+

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 43.

Richmond, Va., February 20, 1863.

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XXXIV. The Court of Inquiry directed in paragraph XVI, Special Orders, Numbers 41, current series, will sit without regard to hours, and will consider itself authorized to adjourn from place to place for the convenience of taking testimony of witnesses serving with the Army, in the field or elsewhere, and whose testimony may not be otherwise conveniently obtained, without embarrassment to the interests of the service.

The court will finally report the facts resulting from the investigation, together with their opinion thereon, for the information of the President.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 46.

Richmond, Va., February 24, 1863.

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XXIV. A mistake having occurred in paragraph XVI, Special Orders, Numbers 41, current series, designating General T. C. Hindman as brigadier-general, he is hereby announced as major-general, and senior officer of the Court of Inquiry convened in said order and paragraph.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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*An error; see proceedings of the court of April 6, 1863.

+Under that order Major Gens. L. Polk and Sam. Jones, and Colonel B. Huger constituted the court.

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