War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0564 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

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the works accelerated. The two squadrons of cavalry which were ordered by the general commanding the department to be sent to this island have not yet arrived. It is important that they should be sent without delay to enable the ford between this island and the mainland, some 25 miles distant from here, to be guarded. The well-being of both man and beast requires that condensers should be early sent to this and other points on this coast occupied by our troops, in order that a certain sufficient of good water may be provided.

I have the honor to be, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN A. McCLERNAND,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Matagorda Island, Tex., March 11, 1864.

Brigadier-General WARREN,

Commanding at Indianola, Tex.:

GENERAL: By direction of Major-General Dana I inclose you Special Orders, No. 53,* from headquarters. These orders are inclosed for your information, with the understanding that the movements of the troops from Indianola, already ordered and arranged for by you, takes place just the same under your guidance and direction, and to enable you to detail some regiment from General Lawler's brigade to take the place of the Twenty-third your (First) brigade for duty at McHenry Bayou or the Irishman's.

The general further wishes you to send down the clerks, with the books and papers pertaining to division headquarters, at the same time with the staff officers. The number of our general orders is left blanks for you to fill.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. WILSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Matagorda Island, Tex., March 11, 1864.

Colonel J. C. COBB,

Commanding Provisional Brigade:

COLONEL: As the troops of the First Division will arrive here within a day or two, the major-general commanding directs that you withdraw the companies of your command engaged on the outer line of works and confine your labor to the inner line.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. WILSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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* See extract 11, p.545, and roster, p.546.

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