them all away, and that 600 left there this a. m. He sends them away the moment that he writes me he is threatened with an attack. Such conduct is incomprehensible, but if I can get hold of the 600, I will send them back until the emergency is passed. I have sent a new commander down by a special train.
W. H. EMORY,
HEADQUARTERS DIVISION OF NEW ORLEANS,
June 7, 1863.
I have received the following telegram from Colonel Stickney, the new commander whom I sent to Brashear City. The 400 men whom he speaks of I have sent back to Brashear City. The general will be gratified to see that Colonel Stickney looks upon affairs at Brashear City with less apprehension than his predecessor.
W. H. EMORY,
Lieutenant Colonel W. D. SMITH,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
There is no one here who knows how many men we have exactly I have seen nearly everything, and think there can be no danger here.
I shall send this evening two companies to Bayou Boeuf, as the danger is greatest there. Four hundred men left here this morning, by whose order I cannot find out.
HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF NEW ORLEANS,
June 8, 1863.
In relation to convalescents, do as you think best. If not required for the defense of the place, send them on to their respective regiments. You are aware of the fact that convalescents are the only re-enforcements I can send you. If you send them away, I cannot send you any but convalescents.
W. D. SMITH,
Lieutenant-Colonel, and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE GULF, NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Port Hudson, June 8, 1863-1.30 a. m.
Brigadier General C. GROVER,
Commanding Right Wing:
GENERAL: Admiral Farragut, in a dispatch this moment received from him, states that heavy hammering has been heard on the Hartford for the last two night (6th and 7th), supposed to be in or at the entrance of Thompson's Creek into the Mississippi, near the upper or