War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0534 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

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adjacent commanders, but husband your forces as far as possible so as to take care of your own district north of the Arkansas, where the loyal Indians desire to cultivate their farms.

I remain, general, truly, yours,

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, March 9, 1864.

Major General J. J. REYNOLDS,

Commanding Defenses of New Orleans:

GENERAL: Brigadier General B. S. Roberts, U. S. Volunteers, has been ordered to report to you for duty. The major-general commanding desires that unless you have other duty for General Roberts, in your opinion more important at the moment, that he be placed in command of the positions of Forts Macomb, Pike, and Ship Island.

Very respectfully, I am, general, your most obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Port Hudson, La., March 9, 1864-8.30 p.m.

Rear-Admiral PORTER and

General HURLBUT, or

COMMANDER OF U. S. TROOPS AT RED RIVER:

SIR: I have just received the following by telegraph from New Orleans:

Please communicate immediately to Admiral Porter and General Hurlbut, or other commander of troops at Red River, that the present storm will be likely to delay the movements of the commanding general three of four days.

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

In compliance with the above, I have the honor to forward to you this communication.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. L. ANDREWS,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Post.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, No. 60. New Orleans, March 9, 1864.

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14. The Seventh Massachusetts Battery, Captain N. W. Storer commanding, is hereby temporarily attached to the Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps.

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By command of Major-General Banks:

RICHD. B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.