War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0338 W. FLA.,S. ALA.,S. MISS.,LA.,TEX.,N. MEX. Chapter XXXVIII.

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to direct the quartermasters too pay the teamsters the ordinary wages of negro teamsters, with the regulation issues of provisions and clothing, whatever they may be.

It may, perhaps, be preferable to have men detailed from negro regiments for this service, but they do not seem to be available at present, and it is now that they are required.

Very respectfully, yours,

W. B. FRANKLIN,

Major-General, Commanding Nineteenth Army Corps.

Brigadier General CHARLES P. STONE,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Vermillion Bayou, October 14, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to forward the following dispatch just received from Major-General Franklin:

HEADQUARTERS NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 14, 1863-6 p. m.

I have received General Banks' order detaching Colonel Davis' regiment, and have issued it. He will obey it as soon as his pickets can be withdrawn. I do not think that I need another division of infantry, but this is an uncomfortable place, as the enemy is continually trying to find a weak point in our lines with his cavalry. Cavalry is what we need here. I hear of a rebel camp some 8 miles to the rear and right, Ord is sending out that way, it may be well to ascertain.

Respectfully, yours,

W. B. FRANKLIN,

Major-General, Nineteenth Army Corps.

I send the above for your information. Copy sent to Major-General Ord.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

[J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,]

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Major General N. P. BANKS.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Vermillion Bayou, October 15, 1863.

GENERAL: I have just received the following dispatch from Major-General Franklin by signal telegraph:

The enemy has fallen back from his position. I shall hold it if the other division is sent up.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

[J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,]

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Major General N. P. BANKS.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, October 17, 1863.

GENERAL: The following dispatch is just received from the front:

VERMILLIONVILLE,

October 16, [1863]-3.40 p. m.

The enemy made an attack on our pickets this morning about 10 o'clock, but without any result. We may except such attacks as long as we stay here. My casualties: None killed, 6 wounded. I understand that Generals Mouton, Green, and Colonel