War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0077 Chapter XLVI. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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BATON ROUGE, LA., January 14, 1864-1 p.m.

Captain J. P. FOSTER,

U. S. Steamer La Fayette, Bayou Sara:

The enemy is in force and threatening an attack. Please send down two of your gun-boats.

P. ST. GEO. COOKE,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Army.

COMMANDING OFFICER, Port Hudson:

Please forward this message.

P. S. G. C.

HEADQUARTERS, Baton Rouge, La., January 14, 1864.

Colonel SHELDON,

Commanding, Plaquemine, La.:

COLONEL: If the two regiments have not gone down, hold them and one battery in readiness to embark for this post at a few moments' notice. If the regiments have gone, prepare to send or bring here your largest regiment left and the battery with equal promptness. Steamers will bring them.

Very respectfully,

P. ST. GEO. COOKE,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS, Baton Rouge, La., January 14, 1864.

Colonel L. A. SHELDON,

Commanding, Plaquemine, La.:

COLONEL: Send up immediately by this steamer two regiments and one battery with their camp equipage and rations drawn. From a telegram of General Stone that "two of your regiments and a battery will go up as fast as transportation can be furnished, "I infer that none have left for below. I sent you an order this morning to be in readiness.

Very respectfully, yours, &c.,

P. ST. GEO. COOKE,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

BATON ROUGE, January 14, 1864-12 m.

Brigadier-General ULLMANN,

Commanding Port Hudson, La.:

I hear there are from 4,000 to 10,000 cavalry and artillery this side of Clinton in motion yesterday morning. Please give me any important information. Please send the Laurel Hill or John Warmer to come here without delay.

P. ST. GEO. COOKE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.