I think that on account of the steepness of the banks nearly forty eight hours will be required to cross the command. I have sent 1,000 cavalry and two guns to try to stir up Taylor on the road toward Fort Jesup, where I hear he is.
W. B. FRANKLIN,
ALEXANDRIA, March 29, 1864.
Captain J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Department of the Gulf:
SIR: In compliance with a communication from headquarters Department of the Gulf, dated Alexandria, the 28th instant, I have the honor to report the arrival of the following troops belonging to this division:
Second Brigade, Colonel E. L. Molineux commanding: One hundred and fifty-ninth Regiment New York Volunteers, First regiment Louisiana Volunteers, Thirteenth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, three companies Ninetieth Regiment New York Volunteers. Third Brigade, Colonel Sharpe, One hundred and fifty-sixth New York Volunteers, One hundred and twenty-eight Battalion New York Volunteers, One hundred and seventh-fifth Battalion New York Volunteers, Twenty-sixth New York Battery, Battery C Second U. S. Artillery; eight companies Third Maryland Cavalry, attached.
I have the honor to report also the Third Brigade and Battery C, Second U. S. Artillery, were here previous to my arrival. My brigade and Twenty-sixth new York Battery arrived here yesterday and I reported to Major-General Franklin immediately upon landing.
The One hundred and thirty-first Regiment New York Volunteers and five companies of the Ninetieth New York Volunteers, belonging to my brigade, were, by orders from brigadier-General Grover, left in La Fourche District.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
EDWARD L. MOLINEUX,
Colonel 159th New York Volunteers, Commanding.
DONALDSONVILLE, March 29, 1864.
(Received 4 p. m.)
Lieutenant Colonel R. B. IRWIN,
Assistant Adjutant-General, New Orleans, La.:
The companies of First Louisiana and Thirteenth Connecticut Volunteers that were left here are now embarking. I have no mounted men for patrols or outpost duty, my force at the fort being barely sufficient to mount guard and relieve on the works; consequently any disorders that may occur in the district are beyond my remedy. I do not consider it safe to leave this district in this present unprotected state. Cannot there be more force sent to this post?