HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
New Orleans, September 9, 1863.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Commanding U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to state in reply to your letter of the-August, 1863, noticing my letter of August 16 ultimo, that the assignment of Major-General Franklin to the command of the Nineteenth Army Corps was intended to be only a temporary assignment, during the time of service of other army corps in this department, and especially during the present expedition. He is expected to have the staff of a major-general commanding a division in the field, with such additional staff officers as I can assign to him.
Very respectfully, I am, general, your most obedient servant,
N. P. BANKS,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Numbers 227.
New Orleans, September 11, 1863.
I. Brigadier General A. L. Lee, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby appointed chief of cavalry for the Department of the Gulf, and will report without delay in person at these headquarters.
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By command of Major-General Banks:
G. NORMAN LIEBER,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. OF ARMY, ADJT. General 'S OFFICE, Numbers 409.
Washington, September 11, 1863.
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III. Brigadier General P. St. George Cooke, U. S. Army, will report in person for duty to Major-General Banks, commanding Department of the Gulf.
By command of Major-General Halleck:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Morgan's Bend, La., September 12, 1863.
Chief of Staff, Department of the Gulf:
GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to forward you the inclosed letter, which has been received at these headquarters.
The general desires me to say that a portion of the division is at Morgan's Ferry, skirmishing with the enemy on the other side of the Atchafalaya River, while the balance of the command is on the road between here and the ferry.