persons between the ages of thirty-five and forty-five, will be released from duty on reception of this order.
II. All persons now in service in Camp Pratt between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five years, and who are conscripts, whether holding commissions in the State Militia or not, will be held in service at Camp Pratt and will be transferred to Colonel Burke, C. S. Army, appointed by Major General R. Taylor, commanding Department of Western Louisiana, to take charge of the camp and conscripts.
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By order of Thomas O. Moore, Governor and commander-in-chief:
Adjutant and Inspector General Louisiana.
VICKSBURG, August 29, 1862.
Brigadier-General RUGGLES, Port Hudson, La.:
Going to move north. Want all the men I can get. Think 2,500 or 2,800 sufficient at Port Hudson. Turn over command there to Beall and come to Jackson to take command. Send Twelfth Louisiana Regiment to Villepigue at once. Send Fourth to Vicksburg at once also, if by so doing you do not reduce the command to less than the above number.
EARL VAN DORN.
Abstract from Morning Report of troops stationed at Port Hudson, La., August 31, 1862, Brigadier General W. N. R. Beall, C. S. Army, commanding.
Command Aggregate Aggregate
present for duty present
General staff 8 8
30th Louisiana 260 304
Miles' Legion 177 274
Captain R. M. Boone's company 102 107
Captain R. T. English's company 59 64
Captain J. A. Hoskins' company 42 62
Captain G. Ralston's company 63 71
Captain C. Roberts' company 35 77
Captain O. J. Semmes' company 103 103
Captain A. J. Lewis' company 31 38
Captain C. McLauirn's company 66 67
Total 946 1,175
RICHMOND, VA., September 1, 1862.
Brigadier General JOHN H. FORNEY, Mobile, Ala.:
We are desirous of sending forces to Louisiana for a purpose not admitting of delay. Can you spare the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Louisiana Regiments? Their services much needed. If you can, send them to Major General R. Taylor at Opelousas. Answer by telegraph.
G. W. RANDOLPH,
Secretary of War.