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started at 6 a. m. and the Third at 7 a. m., on the direct road for Vermillion Bridge.

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By order of Major General E. O. C. Ord:

WALTER B. SCATTES,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Vermillion Bayou, La., October 10, 1863.

Brigadier General CHARLES P. STONE,

Chief of Staff, Department of the Gulf:

GENERAL; I have received your dispatch of this date. My advance will move to-morrow at 6.30 a. m.

Shall I leave the pontoons here without any orders, presuming that they will be disposed of by direction from the commanding general, or shall I give them instructions?

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. B. FRANKLIN,

Major-General, Commanding Nineteenth Army Corps.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Vermillion Bayou, October 10, 1863.

Major-General FRANKLIN,

Commanding Nineteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires that you take with you the portion of the pontoon train not in use in the bridges across the bayou, and instructions will be given for the remainder from these headquarters.

Very respectfully, general, your most obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

In the Field, October 10, 1863.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Thirteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: Major-General Washburn took the road through Saint Martinsville yesterday, and, on his arrival at that place, found that a band of about 60 rebel cavalry (Second Louisiana) were hovering about that section. The major-general commanding desires that Colonel Mudd's cavalry, accompanying you, take the Saint Martinsville road, and scout thoroughly the roads leading from that town toward Opelousas for the distance of a few miles from Saint Martinsville, and then turn and take the Vermillion road to the bridge across the Vermillion Bayou, the present position of these headquarters. The remainder of your marching command will continue on the direct road to this place.

Our troops now hold the opposite side of the Bayou Vermillion and the outskirts of the town of Vermillionville.

Very respectfully, I am, general, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.