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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, March 20, 1864.

Colonel WILLIAM O. FISKE,

Donaldsonville:

COLONEL: If the steamer Sultana has not yet passed down order her to return to Port Hudson and there disembark the Second Missouri Colored Troops. Answer.

By command of Major-General Banks:

RICHD. B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, March 20, 1864.

Major General J. J . REYNOLDS,

Commanding Defenses of New Orleans:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you detail one company of not less than 40 men, from either the First or Second New Orleans Volunteers, as a guard to accompany him up the river. They will be reported to Captain J. Schuyler Crosby, acting assistant adjutant-general, on board the steamer Black Hawk at the foot of Canal street, at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning, with ten days' rations.

Very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

A. DUER IRVING,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Alexandria, March 20, 1864.

Brigadier General A. L. LEE,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: Brigadier General C. P. Stone, chief of staff, directs that Lucas' brigade be ordered to report to Brigadier General A. J. Smith's command Red River expedition, whose quarters are on the steamer Clara Bell at this levee, at 5 o'clock to-morrow morning, for special duty. You will please order for special duty a battery of artillery to accompany him. They will take two days' rations.

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

GEO. B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ENGINEER'S OFFICE,

Pass Cavallo, Tex., March 20, 1864.

Captain B. WILSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report in relation to the progress of the work on the fortifications now being constructed on this island: On the 18th instant two regiments from the First and two from the Second Brigade, First Division, reported at the second line of fortifications for duty. These regiments, the designation and