War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0606 W.FLA.,S.ALA.,S.MISS.,LA.,TEX.,N.MEX. Chapter XXXVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF NEW ORLEANS, June 20, 1863.

Colonel CAHILL:

You will take all the infantry from Metairie Race-Course, and all from the Cotton Press and United States barracks, and take them to the Algiers depot, where a train will be waiting to take them to the La Fourche Crossing.

You have already been notified to have 100 rounds ammunition and two days' cooked rations in readiness. You will send some reliable officer to take command of this force, and go to the crossing of the Des Allemands and La Fourche, where the enemy are expected in some force.

Colonel Stickney is ordered with his whole force to come to La Fourche Crossing.

By command of Brigadier General W. H. Emory:

W. D. SMITH,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF NEW ORLEANS, June 29, 1863.

Major-General BANKS:

I ordered a brigade formed of the unconditional Union men to be put under General [George F.] Shepley. Do you approve or disapprove? Please give me an answer before going too far. Something must be done for this city, and that quickly.

W. H. EMORY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE GULF, NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS, Before Prot Hudson, June 29, 1863-10.30 a. m.

Brigadier General W. H. EMORY,

New Orleans:

GENERAL: The commanding general approves the organization of a brigade of the unconditional Union men of New Orleans, but it must be under your control, and not under that of General Shepley. Lieutenant Cooley just arrived.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RICH'D B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF NEW ORLEANS, June 29, 1863.

Commanding Officer at Bonnet Carre"

Three companies of rebels are reported on this side of the river, 20 miles above Bonnet Carre. Have you communicated with Read, at Humphreys' Station? Does he know the rebels are on this side? Make