War of the Rebellion: Serial 021 Page 0784 Chapter XXVII. W. FLA., S. ALA., S. MISS., LA., TEX.,, N. MEX.

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Mobile, and I would see that the brigades, &c., on said road always in good condition.

7th. I would leave nothing to be done at the last hour and during the hurry of a retrograde movement.

Hoping that the above suggestions may be of service to you, I remain, dear general, your, very truly,


P. S.-Should the enemy come to Mobile while I am here, and you have need of my assistance, I would gladly serve on your staff as a volunteer aide.


WAR DEPT., ADJT. & INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 50. Richmond, Va., July 18, 1862.

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II. Military Department No. 2 will embrace the States of Mississippi, Alabama, East Louisiana, and part of Florida which is west of the Chattahochee and Apalachicola Rivers.

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By command of the Secretary of War:


Adjutant and Inspector General.


HDQRS. LOUISIANA MILITIA, ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 765. Opelousas, July 20, 1862.

I. Brigadier General John B. Smith, commanding Tenth Brigade Louisiana Militia, will, on reception of this order and without delay, order into active service the militia of the parishes of Rapides and Natchitoches, to rendezvous at some point below Alexandria, to be selected by him.

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IV. Brigadier General John B. Smith will take the command of the forces and of the defenses of that portion of the State at Old, Black, Red, and Atchafalaya Rivers, and along Red River, and on the Atchafalaya and Black River. He will at once proceed to make selections of proper points for the erection of batteries, &c., to prevent the ingress of the enemy into the interior or to harass him.

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By order of Thomas O. Moore, Governor and commanding-in-chief:


Adjutant and Inspector General.

RICHMOND, VA., July 21, 1862.


Opelousas, La. (via Woodville, Miss.):

Dispatches sent to you via Camp Moore and more recently via Jackson. General Holmes is en route as commander of Trans-Mississippi Department. General Bragg cannot now spare General Price's troops.