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commanding desires that he proceed to this point as rapidly as possible. You are desired to send notice to the quartermaster at Brashear of the time Davis' command will reach New Iberia, that steam transportation may be furnished.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, October 17, 1863.

Major General E. O. C. ORD,

Vermillion Bayou:

GENERAL: The dispatch of Major-General Franklin of yesterday was received last night by the general commanding. The condition of the supply departments in the field being now good, the commanding general desires that, if practicable, a compact force be advanced against the present positions of the enemy; that his force be dispersed, and a point occupied which will give us access to Barre's Landing, establishing a new line of communications.

He desires that information be promptly communicated to these headquarters, and to the quartermaster at Brashear, of the time of occupation of such position, in order that a boat already laden and armed at Brashear may be promptly dispatched tot he Courtableau. He also recommends a reconnaissance to the mouth of the Courtableau as soon as the advance of the troops will justify it, as precautionary measure regarding the new line of communication.

examinations of the route west should be continued when practicable.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, October 17, 1863.

Major General W. B. FRANKLIN,

In the Field:

GENERAL: It is the desire of the major-general commanding that an advance should be made sufficiently to cover the Courtableau and insure the safety of Barre's Landing. That being accomplished, the base of supplies can be changed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.

NEW ORLEANS,

October 18, 1863.

Major-General FRANKLIN,

Commanding Troops in the Field:

GENERAL: Your dispatch of 16th, 3.40 p. m., was not received until this afternoon.