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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., August 18, 1863-12.45 p.m.

Major-General GRANT,

Vicksburg:

Brigadier General George Crook will repair to the Department of West Virginia and report for duty to Brigadier-General Kelley.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE,

Numbers 225

Vicksburg, Miss., August 18, 1863.

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V. Brigadier General J. P. Hawkins is hereby assigned to the command of the District of Northeastern Louisiana, and will enter upon his duties without delay.

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By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNumbers A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

La Grange, August 18, 1863. (Received 3.30 p.m.)

Lieutenant Colonel HENRY BINMORE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: My brigade proper (consisting of the Sixty-second Illinois, Forty-ninth Illinois, Fiftieth Indiana, and Twenty-seventh Iowa, together with Vaughn's and Kidd's batteries) numbers-marching strength- 2,300, with ample transportation. The two negro regiments and the One hundred and eight Illinois have 1,100 effective force, with deficient transportation.

Very respectfully,

JAMES M. TRUE,

Colonel 62nd Illinois, Comdg. 3rd Brig., 3rd Div., 16th A. C.

HDQRS. THIRD BRIG., THIRD DIV., 16TH ARMY CORPS,

La Grange, Tenn., August 18, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel H. BINMORE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Memphis, Tenn.:

SIR: I am ready to move immediately. The regiments of my brigade are stationed, Sixty-second Illinois at La Grange, Twenty-seventh Iowa at Moscow, Fiftieth Indiana at Collierville, and Forty-ninth Illinois at Germantown. Can I not retain Vaughn's battery in my brigade?

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES M. TRUE,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

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