War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0557 Chapter XXXVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE GULF, 19TH A. C., Numbers 141.

Before Port Hudson, June 14, 1863.

I. 11.05 p. m.-One section of the Fourth Massachusetts Battery will report, without delay, to Colonel Prince, commanding Seventh Illinois Cavalry. An orderly from these headquarters will guide the section to Colonel Prince's position.

II. 11.10 p. m.-General Grierson will immediately send to Colonel Prince a re-enforcement of 300 men of his command, and will hold the remainder of his command in readiness to move at short notice.

By command of Major-General Banks:

RICH'D B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES,

Before Port Hudson, June 15, 1863.

Major General FRANK. GARDNER,

Commanding C. S. Forces, Port Hudson:

SIR: I have the honor to request your permission to send a small quantity of medical and hospital supplies within your works, for the comfort of my wounded in your hands and of such of your own as you may desire to use them for.

Very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

Port Hudson, La., June 15, 1863.

Major General N. P. BANKS,

Commanding U. S. Forces near Port Hudson, La.:

SIR: In reply to your note of this date, I have the honor to state that I will send out to meet any party you may wish to send in with such medicines and hospital supplies as you may desire to send for your wounded in my possession.

I take the liberty to inform you (deeming that you are probably ignorant of the fact) that there are a few of your dead and wounded in the vicinity of my breastworks, and I have attempted to give succor to your wounded, but your sharpshooters have prevented it.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANK. GARDNER,

Major-General, Commanding C. S. Forces.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE GULF, NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Port Hudson, June 15, 1863.

Rear-Admiral D. G. FARRAGUT,

Commanding Fleet, &c.:

ADMIRAL: Major-General Banks desires me to inform you that a negro has just arrived in camp who reports that he left Simsport on Tuesday last, and that Kirby Smith was then there with considerable force. The man says that he ran away that night, and joined our gunboats at the mouth of Red River the following morning; that the commander of the gunboat (which he thinks was the Lafayette) took him on board