War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0172 Chapter XLVI. LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Baton Rouge, La., January 28, 1864-6 p. m.

Brigadier General C. P. STONE,

Chief of Staff, New Orleans, La.:

I am informed that two regiments of rebels were this morning to cross Atchafalaya eastward below Baton Rouge, and General Bragg is west of the Mississippi.

P. ST. GEO. COOKE,

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

PORT HUDSON, LA., January 28, 1864-3.30 p. m.

(Received 3.40 p. m.)

Brigadier-General STONE,

Chief of Staff:

Four deserters, 1 refugee, and 1 prisoner were brought in yesterday evening by the gun-boat La Fayette. They state that General Bragg and staff crossed the Mississippi at Pointe Coupee a few evenings since, and are now at Alexandria; that he is in command, and has been appointed Assistant Secretary of War; that General Walker has erected a large and strong work at the junction of Yellow Bayou and Bayou De Galize, and that he has his division, amounting to 7,000, west and near the Atchafalaya; and that General Polk is in command in Mississippi and has his headquarters at Enterprise.

DANIEL ULLMANN,

Brigadier-General.

PORT HUDSON, LA., January 28, 1864.

(Received 7 p. m.)

General STONE,

Chief of Staff:

Telegram of 4.20 received. Telegram sent this morning reporting Bragg across the river. Nothing new or important this evening.

D. ULLMANN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Post.

THIBODEAUX, LA., January 28, 1864.

(Received 6.20 p. m.)

Brigadier General C. P. STONE,

Chief of Staff:

The following report is here from Donaldsonville: Colonel Sheldon has, from good authority, that Bragg is on this side of the river and has taken command. Walker is now at Marksville, Taylor at Alexandria, but most of the army at Shreveport. Lieutenant-Colonel Shaurman, at Bayou Boeuf, has organized a mounted patrol of citizens for protection of the railroad.

E. L. MILINEUX,

Colonel, Commanding.