War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0680 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. 3rd DIV., 13TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 21.

Bayou Courtableau, La., March 21, 1864.

This command will move to-morrow morning at 6 o'clock precisely, in the order previously indicated.

By order of Brigadier General R. A. Cameron:

OSCAR MOHR,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Alexandria, March 21, 1864.

Brigadier General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding Red River Expedition:

GENERAL: I have just been informed that the rebels have a depot of corn, about 15,000 barrels, at Carroll Jones' place, about 12 miles from James' Store, on the road to Burr's Ferry. This should be secured.

There is a second commissary depot on the same road, about 15 to 18 miles beyond Jones', of about 1,000 to 1,200 barrels. There is a third on the same road, about 15 miles farther on, at the place of Mr. West. The last two are too distant for present work.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS RED RIVER EXPEDITION,

Alexandria, La., March 21, 1864.

General C. P. STONE,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I will send an express to General Mower, notifying him of the fact, and with instructions to send forward the cavalry, if safe, to the front to secure the corn.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. J. SMITH,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS RED RIVER EXPEDITION,

On Steamer Clara Bell, off Alexandria, La., March 21, 1864.

Brigadier General J. A. MOWER,

Commanding in the Field:

GENERAL: You will return with your command to the boats, bringing everything with you, as soon as practicable. In case you are so situated as to render your withdrawal hazardous, inform me at once, and exactly where you are to be found. If you have reached the dam, would it not be better to return by the river road?

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. J. SMITH,

Brigadier-General.