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13. Company E, Second Illinois Light Artillery, now stationed at Baton Rouge, will proceed without delay to New Orleans, and be reported upon arrival to Brigadier General Richard Arnold, chief of artillery. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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By command of Major-General Banks:

J. S. CROSBY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

THIBODEAUX, July 8, 1864.

Major G. B. DRAKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Your dispatch of yesterday in relation to moving troops is just at hand. I have one company of the Eleventh Indiana in the post at Brashear, and the only company in the district who can handle heavy artillery. I will not order them away unless especially ordered, as the ford would be useless without them at present.

R. A. CAMERON,

Brigadier-General, Commanding District.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

New Orleans, July 8, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded to headquarters Military Division of West Mississippi. The statement of General Cameron approved. The company will be sent as soon as its place can be supplied.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

In Field, New Orleans, July 10, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded to headquarters Military Division of West Mississippi, with suggestion that one company of First Indiana Heavy Artillery (to be selected by the commanding officer of the regiment) be ordered to relieve this company of the Eleventh Indiana Volunteers.

J. J. REYNOLDS,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS SECOND BRIGADE,

U. S. FORCES ON THE RIO GRANDE, Numbers 1.

Brownsville, Tex., July 8, 1864.

By virtue of Special Orders, Numbers 187, extract 4, dated headquarters U. S. Forces on the Rio Grande, July 8, 1864, the unsigned hereby assumes command of the Second Brigade.

HENRY BERTRAM,

Colonel Twentieth Wisconsin Vols., Commanding Second Brigade.