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with Brigadier General A. J. Smith, who will to-morrow occupy the upper portion of the Bayou Rapides, with the Red River. General Smith's position will be on the Red River a little above the Boyce plantation. At least four pieces of artillery should accompany Colonel Lucas. Colonel Lucas will be instructed to scout thoroughly the roads in his front and on his flanks and will report everything of interest in his vicinity through you to these headquarters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Alexandria, March 26, 1864

Brigadier General A. L. LEE,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: You will please direct Colonel Robinson to move his brigade to-morrow to the position on the Bayou Rapides road to-day occupied by Colonel Lucas' brigade.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. P. STONE,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Alexandria, La., March 26, 1864

Major General JOHN A. McCLERNAND,

Commanding Thirteenth Army Corps, Matagorda Island, Tex.:

GENERAL: Your communication of the 11th instant is received; also one of the 14th instant, from Pass Cavallo, Tex. I am directed by the major-general commanding to state that the chief quartermaster of the department has been instructed anew to forward to you the condensers for the use of the troops on the Texas coast. The two squadrons of cavalry have already been ordered to proceed to Matagorda Island.

I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,

J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

Alexandria, La., March 26, 1864

Major General JOHN A. McCLERNAND,

Commanding Thirteenth Army Corps, Pass Cavallo, Tex.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to inform you of the receipt of your communication of the 18th instant, from Pass Cavallo, Tex., relating to the condition of the batteries of light artillery, First Division. Immediate means will be taken to secure the efficiency of the batteries of which you speak.

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

J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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