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NEW IBERIA, October 19, 1863.

Major-General WASHBURN,

Commanding Thirteenth Army Corps, Vermillion Bayou:

GENERAL: I have just received a dispatch from the Half-way House telegraph station, between this point and Vermillion, stating that a force of 40 guerrillas left Saint Martinsville in a northwesterly direction, to cut off our trains and pick up stragglers. Can you send a force to intercept them?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

[J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,]

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 101.

Vermillion Bayou, La., October 19, 1863.

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II. Brigadier General M. K. Lawler will assume command of the First Division, Thirteenth Army Corps, until further orders.

III. The First Brigade, First Division, Thirteenth Army Corps, and the First Indiana Battery, will march to-morrow morning at 6 o'clock, with all their camp and garrison equipage and four days' rations, under the command of Colonel H. D. Washburn.

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By order of Major General C. C. Washburn:

WALTER B. SCATES,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Asst. Adjt. General, Thirteenth Army Corps.

HEADQUARTERS NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 20, 1863-9 a. m.

Brigadier General CHARLES P. STONE, New Orleans:

GENERAL: To-morrow morning I shall march the whole force now at Carrion Crow Bayou at Barre's Landing, if possible. This course I consider necessary on account of the departure of the Red Chief and the consequent reconnaissance. The enemy is in some force about 2 1/2 miles this side of Opelousas.

I respectfully request instructions as to what I shall do in case the Red Chief does not arrive and my provisions begin to get low.

Very respectfully, yours,

W. B. FRANKLIN.

NEW ORLEANS, LA., October 20, 1863.

Major General W. B. FRANKLIN,

Commanding Troops in the Field:

GENERAL: Your dispatch of 9 a. m. is received. The commanding general desires that in case the Red Chief should not arrive at her intended destination, you hold such positions and establish and retain such lines of communication as you shall deem best under the circumstances in which you find your command.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General, and Chief of Staff.