HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
Port Hudson, La., March 19, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel RICHARD B. IRWIN,
SIR: I have the honor to report the arrival at this post of the Sixty-fifth and Sixty-seventh Regiments U. S. Infantry (colored), formerly Second and Third Missouri, African Descent, a return of both regiments being herewith inclosed.*
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. L. ANDREWS,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Post.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
Alexandria, March 19, 1864.
Brigadier General G. L. ANDREWS,
Commanding Corps d'Afrique, Port Hudson:
GENERAL: Please cause the inclosed dispatches# to be forwarded immediately by telegraph to Major-General Banks, commanding the department. I shall to-morrow send two transports to Turnbull's Island to bring the brigade of your corps to this place. The enemy seem to be all flying for Shreveport as fast as their boats and horses and legs will carry them.
Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
CHAS. P. STONE,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. THIRD DIV., 13TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 19.
In the Field, La., March 19, 1864.
This command will move at precisely 7 a.m. to-morrow. The reveille will not be sounded earlier than 5.15 a.m., corps time.
By order of Brigadier General R. A. Cameron:
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
NASHVILLE, TENN., March 19, 1864.
Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,
Commanding, Saint Louis, Mo.:
I saw General Ewing, and your dispatch also received. I start for Cincinnati with Major-General Grant this morning. Have had a full consultation with him. No extended movement west of Mississippi River is under countemplation, save the one now in progress up Red River by Banks.
W. T. SHERMAN,
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., March 19, 1864.
General W. R. ROSECRANS,
Commanding Dept. of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.:
GENERAL: Some time in the summer of 1862 an order was issued by General Schofield, who then commanded the department, for as-
#See pp. 653, 654.